Last Wednesday, July 3, I visited the construction site of the Dunany Bridge.
This being a Heritage bridge – built in 1912 – restoring it is a time-consuming job as parts, here and there have to be replaced, one at a time. I have a long list of those that the MTQ provided me but it is all in engineering speak!
When I was there, the workers were busy installing scaffolding for the construction of a shelter that will encapsulate the bridge while it is being painted. Something like a large Tempo car shelter some people use in the winter.
And yes, le pont Noir, its official name, will still be green!
Later, in August, they will lift the whole bridge by about a foot to replace the foundation blocks.
So far, work seems to be on schedule and the expected completion date is end of October.
When this restoration is complete, the bridge should be as good as a new one, good for another 100 years!
Total cost of the project is about 2M$ (planning, construction and supervision).