HALIBURTON COUNTY, ON – The county is getting some federal money for a local bridge.

Last week, the feds announced a $4.4 million investment for five different infrastructure programs across cottage country.

Haliburton County Director of Public Works, Craig Douglas, spoke with the MyHaliburtonNow.com newsroom about the funding.

Douglas explained the federal money is “key” saying the money opens up several avenues for the county.

He says the Hawk Lake Bridge is 94 years old and is a single lane, and it is load restricted right now. That means that municipal services and emergency services cannot use the bridge.

The work, when finished, means the bridge will be replaced by a slightly wider steel structure which will remove the load restrictions.

Douglas says that means that fire trucks, snowplows and the like can use the bridge again.

Noting the importance of the bridge, Douglas says there is a detour around Halls Lake which is a significant detour if you are coming from the north.

According to Douglas, ahead of this funding announcement, the county had launched the tender process and hoped that they can be ready to start the work in the spring.