3rd St. Bridge to reopen

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After being closed for nearly three months, the Third Street Bridge is to reopen this evening.

But there will be a load limit of 10 tonnes.

Municipal officials closed the bridge in early August due to safety concerns following a detailed inspection of the structure.

The closure of the bridge was a precautionary measure, municipal officials had previously stated. An inspection team found corrosion in some of the steel support structure of the bridge.

“We’re required by the province to inspect every single bridge in Chatham-Kent on a biannual basis. Sometimes, we do it higher than that. This one was higher as we knew it would be in need of some rehabilitation,” Thomas Kelly, general manager of infrastructure and engineering services told The Chatham Voice in mid-August. “Structurally, it’s still sound. It’s the deterioration caused primarily by the salt on the roads.”

The Third Street Bridge will undergo planned rehab work in 2020, and the load restrictions will remain in place until that time.

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