Durham’s Historic Wooden Bridge To Be Replaced

One of the town of Durham’s most recognizable features is finally getting a face lift.

The Heritage Walkway Bridge that spans the Saugeen River just off of Hwy. 4 will be rebuilt over the next couple of weeks, with the goal of having it ready in time for the holiday season.

West Grey Director of Infrastructure and Public Works Brent Glacier says a company from New Brunswick that specializes in wooden bridge construction has taken the job, and will build the new bridge, piece-by-piece, as they tear down the old bridge in the same manner.

The new bridge will be built to last even longer then it’s predecessor, constructed with Douglas Fir and finished with Alaskan Yellow Cedar.

The Heritage Walkway Bridge is one of the few remaining wooden trestle bridges left in Ontario, and was used by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company for many years, with the last train passing over the bridge in 1985.