TIR aware of motorized vehicles crossing despite closed Lantz bridge

Motorized vehicles have been spotted making unauthorized crossings of the closed Hyde's Bridge in Lantz. (Healey photo)

LANTZ: A Lantz couple is concerned that locals—including youth–may be risking potential injury to themselves by crossing the closed Hyde’s Bridge in Lantz on their mini motorcycles and off-road machines.

The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, said they have seen young kids and adults going back and forth across the bridge during walks they have taken. They are concerned one of the times boards may give out, resulting in serious injury or worse to the person crossing it.

Video of one incident where a motorcycle crossed the bridge was sent to both TIR and The Laker News.

“We really don’t want to see someone get hurt because of their enjoyment of the vehicles they use,” said the couple. “There are barricades showing that the bridge is closed, but these people are risking their life. It’s also a liability issue.”

“It would be very sad if something were to happen.”

When Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) was made aware of what was taking place, they said residents who witness these type of incidents should contact Halifax District or East Hants RCMP.

“TIR has installed barricades and signs restricting the use of the Hyde’s Bridge,” said spokesman Gary Andrea in an email to The Laker News on Aug. 21. “Residents can contact their local policing agency if they notice any unauthorized motor vehicle activity.”

Andrea provided an update on the bridge as to when residents can expect to see work to replace it begin.

“The department is actively working to replace this bridge structure and restore the road connection,” he said. “The first phase of the project will be to remove the existing structure, expected in the fall.

“A new structure is scheduled for completion in 2022.”