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Jan 5, 2023

What Happens with the Swing Bridge?  

Evondale Moody

Both bridges cannot be replaced simultaneously. The Swing Bridge has not been swung in years and efforts to restore and preserve it have become futile.  Engineering Coordinator Evondale Moody was asked about happens to the historic bridge after it is removed.


Evondale Moody, Engineering Coordinator, M.I.D.H.

“The idea is that within the design that we have done, we have allocated funds that we will try and remove the structure and see if we can take it to NICH. That is our plan from the ministry’s standpoint so that it can be used for some archaeological viewing in the future. So the idea is not to just cut it up and dismantle it. We are going to try and see if we can salvage it as much as we can from where it is. That will be a challenge by itself for us to move that structure. So that’s a project within a project itself. So that’s what our plans are for the swing bridge. The BelCan Bridge itself is a different monster. Basically we will have to take that apart because it is in three sections and then we will have to demolish the existing piers that are there. It also has a turntable which has not swung in quite some time as well and so we will have to demolish that turntable similar to what we have to do for the Swing Bridge because both of them have turntables in the middle of the river.”

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