Monthly Archives: September 2016

Cst. Rick Hopkins Bridge in Mount Forest Opens to Traffic

BridgeWellington North, ON – Cst. Rick Hopkins Bridge is open this Labour Day weekend, the first long weekend this summer it is open to traffic. It was with great delight that Highway 6 access to Mount Forest from the south was re-opened on Friday, August 26th, when traffic flowed over the Rick Hopkins Bridge once again.
The project received Funds from the Province and Canada under the Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund. Work began in May and included replacing the handrails and related structural members, resurfacing of the deck, installation of a new deck water-proofing, installation of a new sidewalk and new LED street lights. Work will continue through the end of October, as McLean-Taylor Construction continues with sand-blasting and re-painting the metal work underneath the bridge. Traffic can expect occasional temporary lane closures to facilitate the work until the end of October.
“The Township of Wellington North would like to extend a great thank you to residents for their patience as we underwent this extremely important project,” said Andy Lennox, Wellington North Mayor, “particularly the residents along Murphy Street, Glasgow Street, Clyde Street, Ayrshire Street, Sligo Road and Sideroad 3W, as they experienced much of the detoured traffic.” Mayor Lennox added, “thank you as well to the Mount Forest business community for working together to continue to promote local shopping and their services and not allow the inconvenience to hinder their business.”
Upon final completion of the project, a grand-reopening will be celebrated