Friday, February 24, 2012

Draw Bridge

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) shared the Binkley Hollow replacement bridge drawings with Dundas Walks. The replacement bridge will be the same width, height and length of the former bridge, with a wood deck and railings, but a sturdy steel frame that will have a longer life-span than the wooden beams which it replaces. The work will begin this spring and is expected to conclude in June 2012. A service path beside the bridge is being used as a detour route for cyclists and pedestrians on the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail. The bridge drawings indicate bollards at each end of the bridge, but Alexander Bell, Manager of Design and Development at the HCA confirms that they will not be used on the actual bridge, since they would interfere with bicycle traffic.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Un-bridged Binkley

The "Powers Crossing" bridge on the Hamilton-Brantford rail trail at Binkley Hollow has been removed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) leaving only concrete footings in place. A detour path beside the former bridge allows pedestrian and cyclist access between West Hamilton and Dundas, albeit narrower with a steeper grade than the bridge formally provided.

The Hamilton Spectator reported in January that construction on the new bridge would begin in the spring with a June re-opening. They reported that the original bridge was constructed in 1995, and was closed when a main beam collapsed.

The Dundas Star News reported that the replacement cost was $180,000, and the bridge would be a steel frame rather than the douglas fir used for the original. A steel frame will increase the life span to 70 years, rather than 30 for wood, however the deck and railings will use wood timbers, so the look will be similar to the previous bridge, the Star reported.