|The Bridges of Black Bridge Road|
The Bridges of Black Bridge Road
(originally written in September 30th, 2004) - Blackbridge Road is thee oldest road in Hespeler, formerly called the Block Line. It will be wiped out and replaced with a large road to service the subdivision.
The Road until recently had two historic bridges on it . One, the Black Bridge Railway Overpass Bridge, has been demolished in the last few weeks. The other bridge is the Black Bridge Road Bridge, a designated heritage structure, and the only steel bridge in Cambrige may also one day be removed. The reason is that this one way bridge cannot handle proposed future traffic volumes.
The City of Cambridge made the decision to remove this bridge and replace it with a level crossing. This has proven to be a financial fiasco for the taxpayers of the City of Cambridge.
1. The Developer of the Subdivision, Mattamy Homes should have payed for the bridge removal and level crossing installation.
2.A replacement bridge would have been far cheaper but would not fit the needs of the proposed subdivision.
3. The removal of the bridge has went way over budget as the company removing the bridge hit bedrock. Estimates to replace the bridge were $250,000. The final cost to put in the level crossing is already over $500,000.
4. Removal of the bridge has caused groundwater to surface causing continous flooding in the area and contamination of the ground water.
|GONE - Black Bridge Railway Overpass Bridge|