Restoration of town's only passage over Catfish Creek critical for public safety
and convenience of residents
Bolton, Ontario, July 12, 2018 - Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering
and supply company, has been awarded the contract to furnish a single-lane temporary
replacement of the Port Bruce Bridge over the Catfish Creek on Imperial Road/County
Road 73 in Port Bruce, Ontario. The temporary bridge became necessary after the
existing bridge, a 54-year-old concrete structure, collapsed in February amid extensive
flooding caused by snowmelt and heavy rains throughout Southwestern Ontario.
At the time of the failure, a large gravel-filled dump truck was crossing the bridge
and was left stranded and partially submerged at a 45-degree angle. While there
were no injuries in the accident, the truck remained there for four weeks until
it was lifted off with a giant crane in an event that drew media attention and a
large crowd of onlookers.
The Port Bruce Bridge is the only route over Catfish Creek, which divides the north
and south sides of the small town on the shores of Lake Erie. The bridge collapse
resulted in a 5km detour for both residents and emergency responders and has impacted
local businesses. The detour has also inconvenienced visitors to the area, which
is a popular destination for walleye and Lake Erie yellow perch fishing during the
May to early October fishing season.
The temporary span purchased from Acrow will be 54.8 meters (180 feet) long and
5.5 meters (18 feet) wide, with an epoxy aggregate-coated steel deck and a CL-625
ONT Truck load rating. Construction on the temporary bridge has begun and is expected
to be completed by early August.
About Acrow Bridge
Acrow Bridge has been serving the transportation and construction industries for
more than 60 years with a full line of modular steel bridging solutions for vehicle,
rail, military and pedestrian use. Acrow's extensive international presence includes
its leadership in the development and implementation of bridge infrastructure projects
in over 80 countries, covering Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle
East. For more information, please visit www.acrow.com.