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Construction is complete and the bridge is open again!

The markers at the Fletcher Bay Narrows and Eagle Island are currently NOT in place and they will not be replaced until next spring. All other markers will be pulled the weekend after Thanksgiving. Please boat safely!

Due to the quickly deteriorating bridge conditions on the Bear Lake Bridge, the township of Algonquin Highlands has decided to close the Bear Lake Bridge for repairs. The closure and repairs will be done as follows:

• 8:00 am Thursday September 28 to 7:30 PM Friday September 29

• 8:00 am Monday October 2 to 7:30 PM Wednesday October 4

(There is a possibility they may complete the work on September 29, eliminating the need for the second closure.)

For more information, please go to: 

Please pass this along to anyone you know who may be affected.

A Message from Algonquin Highlands: "In preparation for the upcoming work to be completed on the Bear Lake Bridge, the Township’s Engineer on the project, Tulloch Engineering, completed a further inspection of the bridge and has advised that not only has the east side abutment wall deteriorated further than anticipated, they advise that 'the north bearing seat of the east abutment has failed and the load carrying capacity of the bridge has been compromised. We recommend that this be repaired immediately or a temporary 3 tonne load rating be placed on the bridge.'

As you can appreciate, this situation needs to be dealt with immediately from a risk management standpoint. Signs will be posted today restricting the load rating to 3 tonnes allowing only cars and pickup trucks to cross the bridge. No heavy trucks will be permitted to cross the bridge until the repair work can be completed. We will need everyone’s help getting the word out to the ratepayers that use this road to get to their property, so I would appreciate your assistance in this regard. Staff will make every effort to get in touch with ratepayers past the bridge, particularly those with active building permits, advising them of the load restriction as it could affect building projects. Notice will also be posted on our website.

In the meantime, staff are working with the Engineer and a contractor to determine how long the load restriction will be in place, when the repair work can be completed and how long the bridge will be closed to complete the work."

The formal notice can be found here.

Looking for something different to do this weekend? Check out the LoveFest street festival in Dorset on Saturday August 12. You'll find vendors, artists, live music, food, drink, and fun for the whole family on West Harvey Avenue. The festival runs 11 am – 8 pm, admission by donation.


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