The gap on Cherryvale Road that was once connected by a covered bridge has nearby residents wondering when a replacement will be built. The old bridge was swept away during spring flooding. 

Severe flooding scooped up the 89-year-old Cherryvale Covered Bridge near Coles Island and carried it down the Canaan River for kilometres before it became lodged under the Highway 2 bridge in mid-April.

Cherryvale Covered Bridge

The Cherryvale Covered Bridge currently sits wedged under Highway 2 on the Canaan River. (CBC)

The bridge hasn’t moved since and the province has no plans yet on how to deal with it.

Shelley Cohen-Thorley noticed the damage on the bridge as waters receded on the Canaan River over the past few days.

“I'm sure with the ice it took a beating on the way down. Question is, what do they do with it now?” she said.

Verna Louise Perry lived next to the Cherryvale Bridge for more than 50 years. She misses having it for more than getting across the Canaan River. 

Cherryvale Road

The province has not found something yet to bridge the gap on Cherryvale Road. (CBC)

“Even if they did build a covered bridge now, it wouldn't be the original,” she said. But as long as something is built to cross the river with, she’ll be happy.

So far the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has yet to make any decisions on either removing the wedged bridge or bridging the gap on Cherryvale Road.

The company that manages Highway 2 said the Cherryvale Bridge hasn't harmed any of its infrastructure.