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Repairs coming for Sandford drawbridge

The Sandford drawbridge is often referred to as the smallest drawbridge in the world.
The Sandford drawbridge is often referred to as the smallest drawbridge in the world.

YARMOUTH COUNTY - A structure in Yarmouth County described by Nova Scotia Tourism as the world’s smallest operating drawbridge is not operating.

Ramps on either side of the canal remain up because the mechanism to lower and raise them is broken.

The Sandford drawbridge, a well-known tourist attraction, requires repair or replacement to the mechanics that raise and lower the bridge. Some of the rotten wood in the structure also needs to be replaced.

The Sandford Harbour Authority will be working with Small Craft Harbours to put together a proposal to be presented to all levels of government for funding to repair the bridge.

Ramps on either side of the canal remain up because the mechanism to lower and raise them is broken.

Yarmouth Municipal Councillor Patti Durkee was pleased to hear the news.

“I spoke to the harbour authority Kevin Shaw and he is prepared to go ahead with a proposal,” she said.

The Sandford drawbridge, a well-known tourist attraction, requires repair or replacement to the mechanics that raise and lower the bridge. Some of the rotten wood in the structure also needs to be

The drawbridge is located 11 kilometres from Yarmouth on the Ross Durkee Road in the fishing community of Sandford.

A tourist visit the area from Lakeville, MA, took a photo of the drawbridge in May, saying she remembered the years it was a bright red. “It is such a pretty spot for tourists to photograph. It would be nice to see it repainted,” she said.

In the past, the drawbridge has allowed fishing boats to enter and exit, while fishermen, residents and visitors can walk along the waterfront from one side of the harbour to the other without having to leave the wharf.

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