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New bridge coming to Christmas Island
There’ll be a bridge over island waters next spring.
Members of the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society (SABNES) and Rotary have started site preparation for a new bridge to replace one that was washed away in last year’s flooding.
On Sunday, volunteers removed boards salvaged from a bird- viewing platform that had been sitting on an existing foundation and start pouring cement for a new foundation.
SABNES president Janet Aitken said volunteers would be using 40-foot poles to build the new bridge, a structure that crosses a creek that runs through the island.
“It will make it possible to go across the island, a man-made stream and a little pond for the birds, which floods every year,” Aitken says, noting Stella-Jones Canada donated poles for the project. “We’re also hoping to erect a second osprey pole at the northwest corner of the island.”
Aitken says organizers will need help to finish building the bridge in the spring. A work party has been scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20 and Aitken is hoping 15 to 20 individuals will show up at the island to lend a hand.
“We hope to finish the project in the spring, before the flooding,” she says. “And we want to get the osprey pole up before they nest in April.”
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