Here is an update on the progress of the bridge from the Director, Gary Brown And Cheerful New Year
The Peddlers Brook Bridge project commenced on August 22 2018 to coincide with the low water levels of the Brook. Low water levels were required to enable us to safely excavate and constructed the cement footings. The cement footings are necessary to support the two piers (or feet) of the bridge on either side of the waterway. This processes was a little more time consuming than we original thought because of our commitment and agreement to up hold water way construction standards required NS Department of Environment as to maintain the environmental integrity of the water way. Peddlers Brooke is a tributary for the Ingonish River which is a breeding river for the endangered Atlantic salmon population.
The cement was poured by hand carefully with ceremony and offerings. With completion of two cement footings phase 1 of the project was completed. The next phase to complete was the construction of the bridge piers. Heavy timber construction was necessary to withstand extreme flooding and ice conditions that can be expected from this mountain brook. The Piers were completed on October 20 completing phase 2, which is the most labor-intensive phase of construction. We like to been further along with the project however the remote location, hurricanes and flooding played some havoc with construction planning causing delays. To date the project is on budget. Phase 3 has commenced as of today with ordering of construction materials for the prefabrication of the bridge components. Weather conditions will determine projected completion date in 2018.
Again Thank you to the Shambhala Trust.
Gary J Brown
Director of Kalapa Valley