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TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS--Roper's Brook Bridge to be Replaced
A new two-lane panel bridge over Roper's Brook, Victoria Co.,
should be in place within three weeks, the Department of
Transportation and Public Works said today. 

Vandals set fire to the old bridge on Halloween night, cutting
off the Cabot Trail near Ingonish. It will cost an estimated
$250,000 to replace the structure.

Transportation and Public Works crews worked through the night to
set up a temporary gravel detour over the brook and had traffic
flowing less than 18 hours after the fire started. 

"The crews did a fantastic job to get the detour open," said
Charles MacDonald, area manager with Transportation and Public
Works. "We had to watch the heavy rain on Monday, but the detour

"Now our focus is on getting the permanent structure replaced."

Ingonish RCMP are continuing an investigation into the cause of
the fire.


Contact: Bob Mann
         Transportation and Public Works

ngr             Nov. 4, 1997            4:50 p.m.