Station Road saga could continue for another eighteen months

It looks like the solution to the Station Road bridge issue in the Town of Erin could go on for another 18 months.

Late last month, the town received an 18-month extension from the province to come up with a permanent solution.

It’s an issue that has plagued Erin council for a number of years. In late 2011, the bridge was closed for several months while council attempted to come up with the best solution.

A temporary fix was initiated in 2012, but the province made it clear it was not a permanent solution.

Mark Stephen, engineering  supervisor for the southern region of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, responded to the town’s June 25 request for an extension of the June 1 deadline in order to devise a permanent solution.

That deadline had been issued on July 19, 2012.

The revised correspondence emphasizes, “The proposed repair works are considered temporary.

Acceptance of this work by the ministry is conditional upon the Town of Erin making an application for approval of the permanent works. It is understood that the Town of Erin may have a requirement to commence a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process to assist in determining the permanent works. “

Application for the permanent works must be made immediately following completion of required environmental assessment, and prior to Dec. 1, 2016.