/Bridge replacements ready to begin 
Members of Minden Hills council with MPP Laurie Scott at the Sedgwick Road bridge. From left are Mayor Brent Devolin Deputy Mayor Lisa Schell Scott Councillor Ron Nesbitt and Councillor Jean Neville. /Photo submitted

Bridge replacements ready to begin 

By Jenn Watt

Funding from the federal government has come through, allowing work to move forward on the South Wilberforce Bridge in Highlands East and Sedgwick Bridge in Minden Hills.
On June 19, local MPP Laurie Scott announced that the projects, which had been nominated by the provincial government for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program were approved. Through the program, the three levels of government – municipal, provincial and federal – each provide one-third of the funding needed for the projects.
The total eligible cost for the South Wilberforce Bridge was just more than $1.4 million. The cost for the Sedgwick Bridge is just more than $1.1 million.
“These projects are a total investment of over $2.5 million from all three levels of government,” Scott said in a statement. “My municipal partners and I are thrilled to move forward in this process, getting shovels in the ground to quickly deliver these important local infrastructure projects to the people of our community.”
She pointed out that the funding would help stimulate the riding’s economy,
creating jobs to help recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local MP Jamie Schmale said he would continue to work with all levels of
government to encourage future investments in the community.