Anyone living in the area of the closed Porcupine River bridge in Hoyle are invited to a public information session, this coming Monday at 6:30pm at the Hoyle Community Centre.
The bridge has been closed since last November, when it was declared unsafe and in need of replacement.
City of Timmins engineering manager Glen Macdonald says a consultant has provided three options: permanently rerouting traffic; a new one-lane bridge; or new two-lane bridge. Each has been vetted regarding technical and financial considerations.
“The permanent re-routing of traffic seems to be the cheapest option,” Macdonald states. “So the information session will allow us to meet with people that have information local to the area.”
“Often, the people that are local to the area know the details of the area better than we do, so we encourage people to come out to that meeting.”
Since last fall, traffic has been diverted to Carrigan Road, east of Hoyle.