The Department of Public Works is going ahead with getting engineering services for the Eagle Lake Bridge.

Craig Douglas, the Director of Public Works, told MyHaliburtonNow.com that drivers have no reason for concern. He went on to say that municipalities are required to inspect bridges, and that is what the $80,000 is going towards.

Douglas explained the funds are strictly for the engineering services to inspect the bridge. Douglas says the bridge has some areas where the concrete is being eaten away creating hollow spots.

Douglas says after the inspection, he will tender out the construction work which includes replacing the concrete and waterproofing it. He says it can be challenging because as they drill, there is always the concern that the drilling will go too far and punch a hole in the bridge and create even more work for whoever gets the contract.

According to Douglas, the overall goal of the inspection and eventual construction on the bridge is to help keep it safe for another 50 years.