Reopen Miramichi's Morrissy Bridge: trail groups
City's oldest span over Miramichi River could be used by walkers, cyclists, ATVs, snowmobiles
Three organizations are calling for the reopening of Morrissy Bridge in Miramichi.
Now the New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, the New Brunswick All Terrain Vehicle Federation and The New Brunswick Trails Council Inc. say the bridge should become a legal throughway again.
"What we would like to see is all of us partner together with the city and the province to get that bridge opened up for all trail users," said Paul Jorgensen, the executive director of the trails council.
When the bridge was first closed it was going to be demolished, but Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams said the demolition plans were put on hold after community stakeholders expressed an interest in keeping the bridge for recreational use.
Williams said the stakeholders were discouraged from moving forward, however, by the cost of repairs and maintenance.
The transportation minister says no final decision about the bridge has been made.
"The department will consult with the community again before making any further plans for demolition. This would only occur if and when funding becomes available in the capital budget," Williams said in a statement.
For now, the bridge remains officially closed even to pedestrians, although it is regularly used by people who ignore the posted signs and step over the barricade.
"If it sits much longer unused, I wonder if it will be structurally sound," said Jorgensen.