Starting today, June 10, the Indian Sluice Bridge on Route 308 in Yarmouth County will be closed to traffic during specific times of the day for repairs. During weekdays, the bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bridge will be open at all other times and on weekends. The work, scheduled to be completed by Friday, June 21, weather permitting, involves replacing the upper portion of the timber deck and inspecting steel connections. “I want to thank the residents in advance for their co-operation over the next two weeks while repairs are made to the existing bridge,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “I fully appreciate the closures might be an inconvenience, but the repairs are necessary while we continue our work to build a brand new two-lane bridge for residents and others who travel to and from Surette’s Island.” Residents, RCMP, fire, Emergency Measures Organization, Emergency Health Services and the CSAP school bus supervisor have been notified of the closure. The province is investing $13,533,445 to build a new bridge to replace the Indian Sluice Bridge. It is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2014. It is part of government’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan and the jobsHere economic development plan. A sketch of the new Indian Sluice Bridge, also known as Surette’s Island Bridge is available online at http://gov.ns.ca/news/Photos/2012/nov/Indian-Sluice-Bridge.jpg. People can view the progress as the bridge gets built, at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/isb.asp .
Westug is to carry on providing towage services to Rio Tinto’s iron ore ports of Cape Lambert and Dampier in Western Australia’s Pilbara region after the two signed a new long-term deal.The new contract, valued at more than $156 million over five years, covers the four terminals at Rio’s two ports in the Pilbara.Westug will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the miner’s tug fleet of 11 vessels as well as four smaller craft under the contract. It will help sustain more than 130 jobs.Rio’s ports shipped a combined 330.1 million tonnes of iron ore to customers last year, making use of the company’s vast operations that include 1,700km of rail, 16 mines and the four port terminals.Westug, which has provided towage services at both Cape Lambert and Dampier for many years, has also agreed to an enhanced local procurement strategy under the new contract. “This will focus on commitments to boost the relativity of Pilbara specific spending and to maximise its footprint in the local community,” Rio said.Rio Tinto Iron Ore Managing Director Rail, Port & Core Services Ivan Vella said: “Towage operations and vessel maintenance are a critical element in our supply chain. Rio Tinto has a long history of working with Westug at our ports and this new contract is an endorsement of both the value and opportunity available in the next phase of our relationship.”