Haliburton County will learn more about the condition of two steel bridges this year.

The Hawk River and Horseshoe Lake bridges are approximately 100 year old single lane structures.

The county learned last year that both bridges are nearing the end of their useful life.

The county was hopeful of a $1.7 million grant from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund but the request was denied.

Public Works Director Craig Douglas says the county will take $110,000 out of reserves to fund engineering assessments for the two bridges.

Douglas adds both projects should be shovel ready next year and expects the county to re-apply for an O.C.I.F. grant.

Douglas made the suggestion last week at the county’s Roads Committee meeting and it was approved on Wednesday at council.