Central Elgin - Elgin County is pleased to announce that the Port Bruce Temporary
Bridge will be open for public use by the end of day Monday August 20. Elgin is
happy to have achieved this significant milestone ahead of the previously scheduled
opening date of August 27, 2018.
In order to facilitate the movement of vehicles over the newly installed, single
lane bridge and through the village of Port Bruce, a traffic control plan has been
established. This plan will remain in place until the permanent bridge is replaced.
This plan will be monitored and evaluated over the coming weeks and modifications
made as necessary.
"It took a true team effort to restore this vital transportation link to the Port
Bruce community ahead of schedule," said Warden David Marr. "I am thankful that
today we are able to return to the Port Bruce Community this important piece of
community infrastructure. This bridge is a passage way for much more than vehicular
traffic as it is also a conduit for economic activity and community safety."
The County of Elgin would like to thank the residents of Port Bruce for their patience
over the past several months while the County of Elgin navigated this unique challenge.
The safety of the community is of paramount importance to County Council and this
temporary bridge will provide timely access into the village for both residents
and emergency responders.
The County would like to acknowledge Medavie EMS Elgin Ontario, the Central Elgin
Fire Department, and the Malahide Fire Department for their cooperation during this
time to ensure that the safety needs of Port Bruce residents were met.
"While the loss of the bridge was a significant challenge, I am very pleased how
the entire project team at the municipal, county and emergency services levels worked
together to ensure that the public safety needs of the Port Bruce residents were
maintained," said Chief Administrative Officer Julie Gonyou.
"Now that this vital transportation link to the Port Bruce community is restored,
our project team can devote their full attention to moving the permanent bridge
project forward," said Warden Marr.