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$13-million bridge project recognized

CAPE BRETON, N.S. -- The deck on the Seal Island Bridge on TCH 105 was recently featured as the project of the mont...

CAPE BRETON, N.S. — The deck on the Seal Island Bridge on TCH 105 was recently featured as the project of the month by a national construction organization.

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Web site highlights the many challenges involved in replacing a concrete deck with pre-built concrete panels over such a long span. The Web site article can be seen at

Replacing the deck became necessary after years of heavy traffic and exposure to wind and salt spray. With a new deck, the bridge will have wider vehicle lanes, new curbs and modern railing.

Victoria County Warden, Gerald Sampson, says the project has made a strong impression on area residents.

“The department and the contractors have accomplished a great deal in the past two years. They’ve done well, keeping one lane open and informing us about the work they’re doing and how it could affect traffic on both sides.”

Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, says the department has worked with the community to keep the traffic flowing smoothly.

“Department staff have maintained close contact with local emergency organizations, business owners and tourism agencies,” says Russell. “We also set up the toll-free Bridge Information Line to keep the public informed about possible overnight delays. We will continue this approach during the final phase of work next year.”

The Seal Island deck replacement project is being designed by CBCL Limited, Halifax. The general contractor is All Steel Coatings of Port Hawkesbury. Strescon Limited of Bedford is manufacturing and placing the precast concrete supports.

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