White”™s Junction Trail bridge re-opened

The White’s Junction Trail bridge between the 3rd and 5th Lines of Minto is open for use by pedestrians and cyclists, the municipality has announced.

Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail, the town notes in an Aug. 10 press release.

Repairs were completed after the bridge was damaged by fire in August of 2016.

Following an engineering assessment, the bridge was re-built with two-metre wide non-slip steel decking, narrower than the original rail bridge, to help control the cost.

The work was completed by Reeve’s Construction of Mount Forest at a cost of about $150,000, funded primarily by insurance.

A second bridge on the White’s Junction side trail south of the 3rd Line remains closed due to damage from the June 23 storm.

An engineering assessment and repair cost is expected this fall. Council will decide whether the bridge will be considered for repair during 2018 budget discussions.

That small section of the White’s Junction side trail will remain closed into 2018. The main trail from Palmerston to Harriston is open.

The Palmerston Trail Association donated the White’s Junction Trail to Minto in April 2016. It runs about nine kilometers between Palmerston and Harriston.

The north section of the Trail beyond the 7th Line is located on the side of Wellington Roads 5 and 109.