Pedestrian Bridge for South Huron Trail Project
You can make your community safer and more active by supporting the Pedestrian Trail Bridge Project.
With your help, we can build Jones Bridge. You can help turn this dream into a reality.
Help complete the Jones Bridge Project in 2019 - including reaching the community fundraising goal for project completion and ancillary structures.
To donate, call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or donate by PayPal by clicking button below:
You may also call one of your community representatives on the community working group.
Jones Bridge is open and ready to use
Jones Bridge is a new pedestrian bridge linking both sections of the South Huron Trail and providing a safer, more scenic alternative to walking beside vehicle traffic along Morrison Line.
Jones Bridge is open and ready for use. The bridge is located downstream of Morrison Dam on the MacNaughton–Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail. The bridge was installed in November and is ready to use. The structure allows trail users to safely cross the Ausable River without having to walk along Morrison Line.
Fundraising continues with donations coming in each week. But we still have a ways to go to complete the needed fundraising and to construct ancillary structures in support of the Jones Bridge Project. To donate, please complete the donor form from the pedestrian bridge brochure and mail it to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5 or visit the ABCA office or call with credit card information.
The official opening and donor recognition event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019.
To find out more about the Pedestrian Trail Bridge Project download the brochure at this link:
The bridge is suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, the South Huron Trail Mobile (for people with limited mobility), and winter visitors. The completion of this project could enhance use of the trail for decades.
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation was incorporated in 1974 as a registered, charitable, non-profit organization that promotes accessible trails and other conservation projects in Ausable Bayfield watersheds.
Pedestrian Trail Bridge in the News
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- Donations are still needed to fund the project. More than $270,000 has already been donated or pledged and another $30,000 is needed.
Iron Bridge Fabrication Inc. of Brunner, Ontario manufactured the bridge structure. VanDriel Excavating Inc., of the Clinton area, did the work needed to erect the bridge including pouring abutments and installation of the bridge. B. M. Ross and Associates Limited, of Goderich, is the project’s consulting engineer.
There is additional work and ancillary structures completed in the new year (2019).
The bridge is called Jones Bridge and it is dedicated by Donna Jones, in loving memory of Ted Jones. Ted Jones was a dedicated community volunteer and conservationist and a long-time director of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and a long-time member of the Exeter Lions Club.
Some trail users had to walk beside vehicle traffic beside the roadway over Morrison Dam in order to enjoy both sections of the South Huron Trail. The new pedestrian bridge changes that by offering a safer, more scenic alternative. The bridge is suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, the South Huron Trail Mobile (for people with limited mobility), and winter visitors.
Donations to the Jones Bridge project, made directly to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, are eligible for charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes. To learn more, or to donate, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. You are also invited to contact any of the members of the community working group. Their names are in the bridge brochure available online and in printed copies.