The Ferry Road bridge in Cornwall was built in 1956. (Google Street View)

Plans for the replacement of the Ferry Road Bridge in Cornwall will be outlined by Provincial transportation officials at a public meeting Tuesday evening.

The structure was built in 1956 and needs to be replaced to ensure safety, they said.

"The existing structure has deteriorated to a point where its ability to safely support loads is compromised. I mean we don't want to wait until the bridge is falling in to replace it," said Neil Lawless, a bridge engineer with the province.

"It is safe now, but it's due relative to all the other bridges. It is one of the ones that we've selected that should be replaced. The new type of structure will be a single span, approximately 30-feet long."

The project will cost about $400,000, said Lawless.

Work is expected to begin May 13 and wrap up June 28.

The construction zone will be closed to traffic and an 11-km detour will be put in place.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Cornwall Civic Centre. Maps of the detour will be available.