Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study for Bridges 24-WG & 4-WG

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The Township has conducted a review of two bridge structures to address their advanced state of deterioration. Both structures (24-WG and 4-WG) are located within the former Township of West Garafraxa.

  • Bridge 24-WG is located on First Line between Sideroad 10 and Sideroad 15 in the rural area to the north of Fergus. Bridge 24-WG is a 22.9m (75ft) single span concrete bowstring arch over Irvine Creek constructed circa 1922. Bridge 24-WG was closed to vehicle traffic in July 2018 due to structural concerns.

  • Bridge 4-WG is located on Fifth Line between Wellington Road 18 and Eramosa-West Garafraxa Townline in the rural area to the south of Belwood Lake. Bridge 4-WG is a 6.1m (20ft) single span concrete bowstring arch over a tributary of the Speed River constructed circa 1923. Since 2016, Bridge 4-WG has a posted load limit of 5 tonnes and a height restriction barrier.

The study was conducted in accordance with Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) (October 2000, as amended) process. The preferred alternative is to replace both structures. The Class EA is considered approved under the Environmental Assessment Act and both bridge projects may proceed to construction.

Staff Report to Council (December, 2019)

Notice of Completion (January, 2020)

Bridge 24-WG and Bridge 4-WG Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study (Project File Report, May 2020)

Project Completion Memo (October, 2020)



Past Public Consultation:

The first Public Information Centre for the study was held on April 24, 2019. View the information display boards presented at the Key Township Meeting.

The second Public Information Centre for the study was held on November 5, 2019. View the information display boards presented at the Key Township Meeting.

Notice of Study Commencement (November, 2018)

The Township has conducted a review of two bridge structures to address their advanced state of deterioration. Both structures (24-WG and 4-WG) are located within the former Township of West Garafraxa.

  • Bridge 24-WG is located on First Line between Sideroad 10 and Sideroad 15 in the rural area to the north of Fergus. Bridge 24-WG is a 22.9m (75ft) single span concrete bowstring arch over Irvine Creek constructed circa 1922. Bridge 24-WG was closed to vehicle traffic in July 2018 due to structural concerns.

  • Bridge 4-WG is located on Fifth Line between Wellington Road 18 and Eramosa-West Garafraxa Townline in the rural area to the south of Belwood Lake. Bridge 4-WG is a 6.1m (20ft) single span concrete bowstring arch over a tributary of the Speed River constructed circa 1923. Since 2016, Bridge 4-WG has a posted load limit of 5 tonnes and a height restriction barrier.

The study was conducted in accordance with Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) (October 2000, as amended) process. The preferred alternative is to replace both structures. The Class EA is considered approved under the Environmental Assessment Act and both bridge projects may proceed to construction.

Staff Report to Council (December, 2019)

Notice of Completion (January, 2020)

Bridge 24-WG and Bridge 4-WG Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study (Project File Report, May 2020)

Project Completion Memo (October, 2020)



Past Public Consultation:

The first Public Information Centre for the study was held on April 24, 2019. View the information display boards presented at the Key Township Meeting.

The second Public Information Centre for the study was held on November 5, 2019. View the information display boards presented at the Key Township Meeting.

Notice of Study Commencement (November, 2018)