Permanent Fix Around Petawawa Bridge After Spring Runoff

Now that a two-day emergency repair job to deal with record water flows below the Petawawa Boulevard bridge is finished, the focus is shifting to a more permanent solution once the spring runoff finishes and water levels drop.

Crews spent the last two days dropping loads of boulders and sand to redirect the raging river away from the bridge and critical utility lines such as the natural gas line that connects the town and Garrison Petawawa.

Renfrew County Director of Public Works Lee Perkins says this was a temporary fix, and they’ll still need to come up with a more permanent solution once the river recedes from its unprecedented levels.

"Of course this, is an emergency repair", Perkins told Star 96.7.

"Once the water recedes and our inspection crews and bridge engineer can get in to get a better look at it, we should obviously be able to do some more permanent repairs in the future", Perkins said.

The bridge is the busiest in the Valley, carrying 17,000 vehicles a day.

It was built in 1972, to replace the previous bridge which collapsed.

The plan to expand Petawawa Boulevard to four lanes calls for a second bridge span over the Petawawa River beside the current bridge.

That's part of a more than $20 million project which will begin later this year if provincial funding is approved to help pay for it.

 The Town and the County have said they expect to have word on their application by early June.