If you’ve driven down the end of Oak Street East to Main, you’ve likely noticed a new pedestrian bridge crossing Chippewa Creek.
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) says the installation of the 28 metre pre-fabricated bridge means the Chippewa Creek Erosion Remediation project is one step closer to completion.
“The creek repair completed last fall has provided a much-needed remedy for the instability of the creek’s banks,” says Dave Britton, NBMCA Chair. “The pedestrian bridge installed [Friday] strengthens the link between the Kate Pace Way and the Chippewa Creek EcoPath and the trails that connect the City.”
The Conservation Authority says the bridge will be open to the public once the trail connections and final landscaping are done in the late spring.
The remediation project started in 2019 after a 2015 erosion control study identified the need for the creek repairs.
NBMCA says the Oak Street section of the creek was tagged as the top priority with repeated flooding and excessive erosion causing instability of the creek banks.