Forks Rd. bridge demolition expected to commence Monday

Since the City of Welland closed the Forks Rd. bridge last November as it has become a public safety hazard, there has been much discussion and planning to come up with a solution to the problem.

“A thorough inspection of the bridge deemed the structure not safe; therefore, staff made a decision to restrict vehicular access but allow for pedestrian access,” the City of Welland website says.

At the meeting of council on March 19/2019 the City of Welland awarded Schouten Excavation with the Forks Rd. demolition contract. The company was preparing the bridge last week for demolition which is set to begin Monday Apr. 15/2019.

The demolition work is expected to be competed by May 31.

According to the City of Welland website, a staff report will be coming to council that will outline potential funding sources and replacement options for the bridge.

During the demolition phase of the project the City of Welland is imposing the following public safety measures:

  • Access to the construction area is prohibited to all pedestrian, vehicular, and boating traffic for safety reasons. Appropriate signage will be in place, including vehicular detours;
  • Appropriate safety parameters and signage will be placed around the construction zone; pedestrians are advised to stay clear of the canal banks outside the designated construction zone;
  • The City of Welland is designating the area as a “no fly” zone for drones during the demolition period because it disrupts construction and poses a potential safety hazard to crews;
  • Present water temperatures in the canal are extremely low and will cause severe hypothermia;
  • On water training for Waterway user groups is permitted in designated areas only.

Updates to information about the project can be found on the City of Welland website.



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