Volunteers work on Willow Creek Bridge.

Volunteers repair Willow Creek bridge deck

Crews from OnSite Engineering replaced all of the wooden planks along the top of the foot bridge

A handful of engineers volunteered their time last Friday to improve the safety of a popular Willow Point walking trail.

Crews from OnSite Engineering replaced all of the wooden planks along the top of the foot bridge in the Willow Creek Conservation Area. They were joined by one staffer and two summer students from the Nature Trust of British Columbia – the landowners of the Willow Creek trails which can be accessed off of Willow Creek and Twillingate roads.

“It was a joint volunteer day,” said Melissa Fietz, a junior engineer with OnSite. “They replaced the deck; the deck was rotten and it was going to be a hazard to the public.”

The bridge, which was built in 1995, also underwent structural upgrades last year courtesy of OnSite. The project, which took six workers six hours to complete, was valued at $3,000 but was carried out free of cost thanks to donations. Dove Creek Timber donated the lumber, Home Hardware provided a metal lathe and screws, while Windsor Plywood donated the cedar wood. OnSite donated the rest of the materials and the labour.