The days are numbered for the old wooden bridge at Miminegash wharf. It will be taken out after lobster season is over to make room for a new concrete structure.
Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
MIMINEGASH -- Audie Murphy suggests the business he runs will soon become an island, if only temporarily.
The provincial government has announced the wooden structure in Miminegash, known as the Black Bridge, will be taken out later this month to make room for a new concrete structure.
Other than by boat, the wooden bridge is the only means for fishermen and others to get from one side of the wharf to the other in Miminegash. When it comes out, Murphy will have no means of reaching his moss plant, Maritime Sea Products. He was busy on Thursday buying moss and baling product for shipment.
On Wednesday night Murphy was one of only three area residents who attended a public information session on government’s plans for bridge replacement. The bridge replacement is valued around the million dollar mark. The old one is due to come out around October 18, but Murphy said he has asked for an extension of about a week, as his final container of moss is not scheduled to be shipped out until October 24 or 25. He described this year’s moss season as better than last year’s.
The Wednesday night presentation by provincial bridge engineer Neil Lawless, Murphy agrees, clearly demonstrates the structure, which was put in during the 1960s, needs to be replaced. He acknowledged the work was initially scheduled for earlier in the year but was delayed so as not to interfere with local fishermen reaching their boats and buying stations.
He’s appreciative of the “Band-aid” solutions employed this year to keep the old bridge open until the replacement project starts.
The new bridge is expected to be completed in early January.