By Mark Arike Haliburton Highlander Newspaper - Tuesday March 29, 2016:
It appears the fourth time’s a charm for Dysart et al. The municipality recently learned it will receive a $650,000 grant to rehabilitate the Oblong Lake Narrows Bridge in Fort Irwin. The money is coming from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. Dysart has been unsuccessful in its three previous attempts to secure funding. “It’s the only bridge in and out, outside of Haliburton Lake,” said Rob Camelon, public works director, in an interview. “If they lose that bridge, it’s pretty hurtful.” Dysart Mayor Murray Fearrey estimates there are 500 cottages in the area. The bridge’s entire deck will be replaced and a new guide rail installed, said Camelon. The total cost will be about $739,000, with the municipality covering 10 per cent. The plan is start construction the second week of July and finish midOctober. A weight restriction, which is currently posted, will remain in effect. A single lane will be open for traffic and traffic lights will be used, said Camelon. All bridges in Haliburton are inspected every two years. Tulloch Engineering did the last inspection in 2016. This time, the company applied for the grant instead of the municipality. A tender for the project closes next week.