Andrewsville – The official unveiling of the Andrewsville Interpretive Plaque and Commemorative Bench was held on Saturday, June 10th on the Lanark side of the Rideau River.
The interpretive plaque is a Canada 150 project completed by the Friends of Andrewsville Bridge. It was erected to ensure residents and future generations don’t forget the importance of the community along side the Rideau River & Canal and the bridge that spans the river and connects Merrickville-Wolford with Montague Township.
Local dignitaries were on hand on Saturday for the unveiling including Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington MPP Randy Hillier, Montague Reeve and Lanark County Warden Bill Dobson and Merrickville-Wolford Mayor David Nash.
Friends of Andrewsville Bridge worked hard to keep the 117 year-old single-lane riveted truss bridge open which was closed temporarily in 2012 and at risk for demolition.
They successfully saved the bridge from demolition. With funds finally being committed by the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville and Lanark County to rehabilitate the structure and re-open it.
Minor repairs were made and headache bars were added to the approaches to the bridge to prevent trucks from disobeying the weight limit for the bridge. The bridge is one of the few heritage truss bridges in Ontario to have ever been saved from demolition.