I read the letter from Ray McHugh in last week’s Independent concerning our bridge woes and I felt a wave of common sense sweep over me.
We get all these opinions from high-priced experts who, to a man (or woman), recommend drastic and expensive measures. This is not surprising since if they were to recommend something affordable and it failed we would all blame them.
Why can we not consider Mr. McHugh’s sensible suggestion and get a qualified engineer to propose a repair/rehabilitate solution? I went out to take a look at these bridges and from what I can see, the smaller one on the western side seems to be surprisingly sound. It is the eastern one with the big cracks which were probably brought about by erosion from the river. I also noticed that the two streams are really one which splits around a small island. Could the lesser one be dammed to create one flow only and then only one bridge would need attention? Just a thought.
At any rate, let’s try to allow common sense to prevail.
David Blackburn, Meaford