LITTLE CURRENT, ONT. — The planning, preliminary design and environmental assessment for the replacement of the Little Current Swing Bridge on Highway 6 in the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands is complete and the project will now proceed with the next steps: property acquisition, right-of-way designation and detail design.
The existing swing bridge, which serves as the only roadway access to Manitoulin Island, is almost 110 years old and nearing the end of its service life. The replacement of the bridge will improve traffic flow for residents, businesses, emergency services and tourists while supporting economic growth and job creation in local communities.
“The Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands is very pleased that the Ontario government is focused on moving this project forward,” said Alan MacNevin, mayor of the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands, in a release. “While the current bridge represents our connection to our past, the new bridge will represent our connection to the future by enhancing traffic flow and supporting growth and development on the Island.”