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Canso Causeway swing bridge repairs and changes coming

Repairs to the 60-year-old steel swing bridge at the Canso Causeway are set to begin in January and it should make the causeway safer for workers and drivers.

Project expected to cost close to $9M

The maintenance supervisor for the project says there will be minimal disruption to highway traffic during the repairs to the Canso Causeway bridge. (Canadian Coast Guard)

Repairs to the 60-year-old steel swing bridge at the Canso Causeway are set to begin in January and it should make the causeway safer for workers and drivers.

Will Crocker, maintenance supervisor for the project, says construction will begin on a new operator's building over the summer.

"There's a little building with a few windows in it, that's where the operator of the bridge sits," said Crocker.

The operator opens and closes the bridge over the canal. Right now, that person works from a cabin suspended from the bridge above the roadway — and there have been some near collisions with big trucks.

"Trucks bounce. They don't hit the guy, but they come very close to the cabin," he said.

Crocker says the operator's building will give trucks more space. He says relocating the cabin next to the bridge will be safer for the operator.

"He'll have modern controls, improved working conditions," said Crocker.

The canal will be closed by autumn and a temporary detour bridge will be installed.

Crocker says there will be minimal disruption to highway traffic.

The project is expected to cost close to $9 million.

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Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith was born and raised in Cape Breton. She began her career in private radio in Sydney and has been with CBC as a reporter, early morning news editor and sometimes host since 1990.

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