CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Representatives from three levels of government were in Corner Brook, N.L. on May 12 to announce funding for the replacement of the Corner Brook Main Street bridge.
On hand to celebrate the $3-million pledge were Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, Eddie Joyce, provincial minister of municipal affairs and environment and Corner Brook Mayor Charles Pender.
The upgrades are intended to reduce traffic congestion and minimize the risk of closures caused by flooding, a media statement indicates.
The work involves replacing the aging structure with a larger bridge that will incorporate an additional driving lane, updated lighting, stronger guard rails and wider sidewalks. The bridge will be designed to improve stream flow and provide additional clearances to handle high water incidents.
The main street bridge was initially built in the 1920s and reconstructed in 1957. It is one of three crossings of the Corner Brook Stream in the city.
The Government of Canada is providing approximately $1.4 million to this project under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing nearly $1.6 million, while the City of Corner Brook is contributing the remainder of the funding.