The new bridge connecting Sluice Point and Surette’s Island was open to traffic Monday, June 16, less than two weeks before the planned celebrations marking the official opening of the new structure.
The new Yarmouth County bridge was undergoing some paving Tuesday, June17.
The celebration day for the new bridge is scheduled for Saturday, June 28.
The cremony, which will start at 2 p.m. on the north side of the bridge (i.e. Sluice Point), is generating lots of excitement, organizers say.
Several officials from both the Municipality of Argyle and the provincial government will be present for the grand opening to address the public.
Immediately following the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, four members of the RCMP in their red serge will lead the public in a parade across the new bridge. Legion members, Red Hatters, the Indian Sluice Seniors Club, among others, will take part. Following the foot parade, there will be a vehicle parade across the bridge composed of antique cars, the local fire department and several motorcycle clubs.
The parade will end on the Surette’s Island side of the bridge, where a variety of activities will take place, including activities for children, a festival tent filled with local vendors and artists, a music stage and plenty of food. During the evening, there will be a dance at the Club social des îles on Surette’s Island and at sunset a fireworks display is scheduled (weather permitting).
The bridge will be closed to traffic (except emergency vehicles) due to the celebrations from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, in order for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to take place. The public is encouraged to arrive on site by 1 p.m. to facilitate taking part in the walk/parade across the bridge.
Said Corey Clamp, president of the bridge celebrations 2014 committee: “The 28th of June 2014 will be a memorable date for our communities, and will be remembered by many for years to come just as the opening of the original Indian Sluice Bridge continues to be remembered today. The 28th will be a day of great happiness and pride for all in our region. “