Espanola Council unanimously agreed to proceed with the detailed design for the replacement of Black Creek Bridge as well as a hydrology study by RV Anderson and Associates Limited.

In a report to council, Public Works Assistant Manager Dave Parker says Black Creek Bridge is a single-lane bridge on Panache Lake Road, which provides the only access to several residences, seasonal cottages, and lakes.

He told council the bridge underwent a significant refurbishing in 2006 and several bridge inspections

have been performed since including the most-recent inspection in September where it has been found the bridge is at the end of its life and safety is a concern.

He adds weekly inspections are being carried out to ensure the safety of motorists.

Council has agreed to allow the engineering company to go ahead with the study with plans to put the job out for bid within the next few months and complete reconstruction of the bridge in early 2021.