The HGTTA met with Manitoba Conversation on February 12, 2015 to discuss the bridge concept and our approach. We received strong indications of support and some very good suggestions for design of the bridge based on their experience. They also provided some suggestions of funding support.
Manitoba Conservation is moving ahead with an application to the Department of Fisheries and Ocean on our behalf for the bridge. The approval is required for any work that might affect a stream, creek or river to protect the habitat and wildlife. Our proposed bridge will not impact the creek in any way.
As part of our discussions, we are going to look at switching from timber to a steel bridge to save money and provide for a longer lasting structure. The plan is to develop a concept in the coming month or two, and compare the costs.