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Consultant looking at Hoyle bridge options, public info session coming in May

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An update now on the story we brought you earlier about the bridge in Hoyle, and the matter of replacing or repairing it.

It’s been closed since November, forcing traffic into and out of Connaught to use Carrigan Rd., which is taking a beating because it’s not built for that kind of traffic.

City Council learned Tuesday night from director of engineering Pat Seguin that a consultant is now investigating options.

“A public information centre will be held in May at some point,” he noted. “So we don’t have a date specifically now.”

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That session will share details like a preferable option, cost and location, and solicit feedback from members of the public.

In the meantime, Coun. John Curley has been assured that Carrigan Rd. will get a lot of attention.

At the same  meeting, director of public works Ken Krcel said Carrigan is restricted to half loads all year long, and anyone spotting log trucks or other heavy vehicles should report it to Timmins Police.

“We won’t be issuing any half load exemption permits for Carrigan. We never have,” said Krcel. “We’ve always forced people to use Frederickhouse Lake Rd. out to Municipal (Rd.), if any half load exemptions were required.”

Coincidentally, the city issued an advisory Wednesday morning, that Carrigan Road is flooded about 1.3 km south of Connaught.

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