The Bailey Bridge over the Speed River on Niska Road is a bit of a local legend, and in case you don't know it, that history is outlined here. For a "temporary bridge" it's held up remarkably well for the last four decades, but the growing Guelph and more wear and tear from the increased traffic is starting to take its toll. A regular inspection lead to the discovery that there maybe some bigger issues, so while the City closes the bridge for repairs starting today, they'll be taking the opportunity to determine a more permanent solution.
Here's the press release from the city:
Guelph, ON, April 14, 2015—Following a recent inspection, deck boards on the Niska Road bridge will be replaced beginning April 20. These repairs will keep the bridge in service while the City completes the Environmental Assessment and determines a permanent solution for Niska Road and the bridge.
“During regular spring road patrols, City staff noticed flaws in the deck boards on the Niska Road bridge,” noted Kealy Dedman, General Manager Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services. “A bridge management consultant was hired to assess damage to the deck and recommended replacement of the boards.”
Temporary repairs were completed on March 9 and April 1, 2015.
The bridge will be closed for repairs from April 20 to May 1, 2015. During the bridge closure and repairs, the scheduled 2015 bridge condition assessment will be undertaken.
For more information about the road closure visit guelph.ca/construction
For more information about the Niska Road Environmental Assessment visit guelph.ca/niskaroad