Upon seeing the effects that ice and the spring melt had on the foundations of this small bridge, the Town mandated Shellex Consulting Group to inspect the bridge. Their findings were:
In the short term, the bridge is condemned, and it will have to be removed and replaced. As the bridge’s foundation is on the banks of a waterway, the Town of Hudson cannot proceed with the replacement of the foundations until it receives the necessary approval from the Ministry of the Environment. This approval process will take a minimum of one year.
The foundations of the bridge are unstable, and due to the continued erosion of the embankments, there is a high risk of collapse.
The bridge’s foundations are on the banks of Viviry Creek. The Ministry of the Environment is the sole authority that has decision-making power over the use of waterways and their embankments. The municipality cannot legally do any work which infringes on the Ministry’s scope of authority.
We noticed significant changes to the condition of the bridge foundations after the spring melt and commissioned the report to determine the extent of the damage to the bridge’s foundations
The report was done by Shellex Consulting Group inc., and cost $6,500. This included the evaluation of one of the bridges in the woods adjoining Sandy Beach.
We are in the process of reviewing some possible temporary measures that will be deemed acceptable by the Ministry of the Environment and will not require a CA (Certificate of Authorization).
An active corridor must include passage for motorized vehicles.
For more information on the Ministry of Transportation’s active corridor goals to 2030: https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/Documents/active-transportation-intervention-framework.pdf.
For more information on the Québec Route Verte (bicycle corridor): https://www.routeverte.com/.
As a municipality, we are bound by the Law and must respect the laws in place.
Yes, Council is very aware and shares the same concern as all residents.
Not as yet. It depends on the desired design.
The MRC has limited authority in this matter, and they require that we demonstrate that we comply with all laws before proceeding with the work.
Any company that is given the job must be RBQ licensed and is subject to applicable tendering rules.
Shellex is an accredited engineering consulting firm. In addition, because it has been confirmed that the bridge’s foundations are at risk, the Town must act responsibly in order to protect the public from possible injury.