Cherryvale residents continue fight to have covered bridge replaced

Residents in Cherryvale are continuing their fight to have a bridge replaced in the community, four years after it was swept away by floodwaters. 

Although the lumber was salvaged, the historic bridge that once spanned the Caanan River was never replaced. 

Area resident Donna Black, an advocate for the restoration of the bridge, tells CTV Atlantic she had assumed it would be replaced, not realizing the community would have to fight for it. 

Transportation Minister Bill Fraser, who announced $3 million dollars in paving projects in the Hampton area Thursday, tells CTV the previous government decided not to replace the covered bridge and he's sticking with that decision.

He also says he is willing to meet with residents if they have any other conecerns regarding roads in the area.

A rally is expected to take place at the former bridge site on Saturday, while residents have gathered 1,000 names on a petition in support of seeing the missing link replaced. 

~ With files from CTV Atlantic.