Nova Scotia

Residents say Robertson bridge unsafe

A dip in a bridge near Shubenacadie, N.S., has people worried about their safety.

A dip in a bridge near Shubenacadie, N.S., has people worried about their safety.

Residents say the structure, known as Robertson bridge, is sagging and needs immediate repair.

Tracy Bigney crosses the bridge every day during her morning walk.

"You can tell it's an old bridge," Bigney told CBC News Monday morning. "The wood itself looks maybe to be rotting."

The road dips as cars approach the bridge. Many cars coming from MacPhees Corner cross the centre line to avoid the roughest section, the CBC's Phonse Jessome reported from the scene.

"You can see the curvature in the guard rails as well where this bridge is dipping on the Shubenacadie side," he said.

The bridge spans a fast moving tributary of the Shubenacadie River. School buses and large trucks pass over it every day.

A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night to force the province to do something about the bridge.

Vivian Fox, who lives in the area, said the bridge was replaced in the late 1990s.

The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal calls the span the Rines Brook bridge. According to its five-year highway improvement plan, the bridge is slated for replacement or overhaul in 2014-15.

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