Falling concrete prompts maintenance work for Cockshutt Bridge

The City of Brantford and County of Brant, between now and early fall, will be conducting inspections and maintenance on the underside of the overhanging portion of the Cockshutt Bridge deck.“This is in response to a small area of the concrete deck falling from the structure,” the city said in a news release.The project will include detailed inspections and any subsequent work required, such as the removal of loose (spalling) concrete.The city said officials have deemed the bridge safe for use but pedestrians, boaters and other users of the Grand River are encouraged to exercise caution near the underside of the bridge until the maintenance work is completed. Signs warning pedestrians and river users of the potential risk for falling concrete will be posted at the west side of the parking lot and 100 to 150 metres upstream and downstream of the bridge on the river’s edge.While inspection and maintenance work is being completed, full or partial lane closures and reduced availability of parking in the lot immediately to the east of the bridge (including a boat launch for the river) may be required.For more information, call the city’s customer contact centre at 519-759-4150.