Carleton Place Celebrates Central Bridge Re-Opening
The wait is finally over.
At 11:30 yesterday morning, the Central Bridge in downtown Carleton Place reopened.
MPP John Jordan Lanark Frontenac Kingston was there for the celebration, along with other dignitaries, including Scott Reid, MP LFK, Carleton Place Mayor Toby Randell and former Mayor, Doug Black, for the ribbon cutting at 11am.
The ceremonial first vehicle across the bridge followed, carrying Dave Young, a former Public Works Manager for the town and Josh Sturgess from Louis Bray Construction. In the back of the truck, Mayor Randell, and the big guy himself, Santa Claus, celebrating the early Christmas gift.
The provincial government funded just under $1.7 million to the project in the summer of 2019.
“The Ontario government is committed to funding vital infrastructure to keep our communities growing and thriving for many years to come in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston,” said MPP Jordan. “That being said, any construction project provides several challenges along the way. Thank you to our Carleton Place businesses and services for your sacrifice over the past several months. We also acknowledge the patience and resilience of the residents of Carleton Place, which we all know is the fastest growing community in Canada.”
Although there will be further work to complete in the new year such as railings along the retaining walls, and installation of lighting under the bridge, construction staff will be able to complete these tasks by implementing traffic control and lane reductions for short timeframes.
MPP John Jordan Lanark Frontenac Kingston