County OKs Algonquin Trail bridge replacement

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Renfrew County has approved the cost of rebuilding a bridge over Wylie Creek on the Algonquin Trail for more than $500,000.

County council approved the contract with Bonnechere Excavating Inc (BEI) of Renfrew last week.

Full cost of the contract will be $540,345 plus tax.

In a report to the county’s development and property committee before last week’s full meeting of county council, manager of capital works Taylor Hanrath noted that BEI was the only bidder on the contract, but the price was “considered competitive.”

The Wylie Creek bridge is located roughly 3 km north of Wylie Road on the Algonquin Trail in Laurentian Hills.

Hanrath said the replacement of Wylie Creek bridge will be with a “full highway loading capable bridge” due to the remote location and need for crossing with construction and maintenance equipment in the future.

“The replacement of this bridge will allow for the completion and opening of this section of Algonquin Trail potentially by the end of 2024”…

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