$55,000 study ordered for damaged covered bridge - Aug. 15, 2013
The provincial government has just dropped $55,000 on the Maxwell Crossing covered bridge.
The money is going towards a design report, being done by Eastern Designers, Limited. The design report was ordered by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTI), said Minister Claude Williams.
“The (insurance) company had their own report,” said Williams, and the government then felt it needed to create its own report to counter that, because the offer that arose from TD Insurance’s report “was not the offer we were looking for.”
“We should have that plan by mid-September,” Williams stated. While the company is responsible to file the report, Williams said, “I hope that, based on sound professional advice, rehabilitation would be the way to go.”
The desire of the public in Charlotte County to have the bridge restored — it was damaged in Jan. 21 single vehicle crash — is not lost on Williams or MLA for Charlotte Campobello Curtis Malloch, who Williams says calls him every Monday morning specifically for an update on the bridge. Williams added he understands that the time that it’s taken for negotiations with TD Insurance to be complete has caused a frustrating, but necessary delay.
“To be fair to taxpayers, we have to make every effort to recoup money from the insurance company,” said Williams. “I would like it to be settled earlier, but you know how it is when two parties are negotiating, we want the maximum, and they want to give you the minimum.”
The design report that was ordered by the DOTI on July 24 would have to be done anyway, as the design report will include all the necessary engineering specifications needed to begin the project after a settlement is received.