Grey County claims ‘no legal obligation’ regarding Walters Falls bridges

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Grey County has decided to take no action in relation to a long-running disagreement over two bridges on a closed section of the Holland Sydenham Townline near Walters Falls.

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At its committee of the whole meeting on Thursday, Grey County council received for information a report on the bridges, known as Structures 21 and 22, which are located on a deviation of a boundary road between the municipalities of Meaford and Chatsworth.

Director of transportation services Pat Hoy, who presented the report, said they had found no past references to one of the bridges being a county structure or history of the county maintaining or controlling it.

“In our opinion there is no legal obligation to the county in respect to Structure 22,” said Hoy.

According to a timeline provided with the report, the section of the Holland Sydenham Townline the bridges are on was closed by the Municipality of Meaford in 2016 after structural deficiencies were identified on the bridges.

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In 2017, Meaford completed a municipal class environmental assessment, with the recommended preferred solution being permanent closure by removing the bridges, naturalizing the area and closing the road to through traffic.

But Meaford has expressed a desire to replace the bridges to reopen the road to through traffic, in order to accommodate the agricultural community and others in the area who

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