230 cars' worth of pigeon poop 'a significant load' on Buckwold Bridge: city
Workers are removing the equivalent of 230 cars of the stuff, which dates back decades
Contract workers rehabilitating Saskatoon's Sid Buckwold Bridge got a nasty surprise when they began work a few weeks ago.
They discovered about 350 tons of pigeon poop plastered onto the bridge.
"Piles and piles of bird droppings," is how Trevor Bell, the city's acting director of utilities and environment, put it to city councillors Monday morning.
"They estimate based on volume and converting it to weight that it would be in the order of 350 tons of bird droppings," Bell said.
"When you relate that to a mid-sized vehicle, it's about two 230 cars worth of bird droppings that are sitting on the bridge and providing weight to the bridge."
While not a major concern, "it's just unnecessary weight being held up," Bell said.
Dates back decades
The Buckwold bridge opened in 1966.
The city has not cleaned the poop from the bridge in the past, to Bell's knowledge.
"So I think this is a matter of decades of bird droppings," he said.
The workers are removing the stuff, Bell said.
As for the birds, "the contractor is going to be trapping them and humanely euthanizing them," Bell said.
It's estimated some 1,500 pigeons call the Sid Buckwold Bridge home.
The bridge is named after Sydney Buckwold, a dry goods worker-turned city councillor. He was the city's first Jewish mayor.