(L-R) Councillor Frank Varga

New bridge comes in under budget

Government Street Bridge in Burns Lake is opened to the public again.

Estimated at $215,000, the replacement of Government St. Bridge came under budgeted, according to mayor Luke Strimbold.

Mayor and members of council gathered to cut the ribbon of the new bridge on Nov. 7, 2014. The replacement project took place during October 2014 with final completion on Oct. 30. Council prioritized the replacement of the bridge because it “no longer conformed to standards.”

“If left unchecked, the bridge would soon represent a health and safety hazard for those using the road,” said Strimbold.

According to a statement from the village, the bridge was aging rapidly, and the freeze/thaw cycles in the spring were beginning to take their toll on the structure of the bridge.

“Government Street is one of the main thoroughfares in Burns Lake, so this issue was addressed by council as soon as possible,” read the statement. “The new bridge is fully engineer certified and it will provide safe passage over Saul creek for our residents for years to come.”