A new study will determine the fate of the Wasauksing Swing Bridge at Parry Island.

The Wasauksing Swing Bridge Replacement Study will review existing information on the condition of the bridge, update any previous findings, and look at ways to improve past study recommendations.

Wasauksing First Nation has retained Mooney Metaxas Engineering to conduct the study and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The bridge, owned and maintained by the federal government, is operated by the Wasuaksing First Nation and is the only road access between the island and the mainland at Rose Point.

The bridge, also known as the Rose Point Swing Bridge was originally built in 1895 by the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway to provide rail access to Depot Harbour.

Since July 5, 2017, the Federal government has restricted the bridge’s operating schedule in order to maintain the bridge’s safety and integrity.

The goal of the study is to evaluate viable alternatives for the replacement of the existing bridge to address these safety and structural issues.

As part of the process, the engineering firm will look at the economic and social impact of replacing the bridge including getting public input on the best way to move forward.

If you would like more information on the study or would like to give your thoughts on the project, visit the Wasauksing Bridge Study website.