• James Armstrong

Rebuilding the bridge in Hudson’s Jack Layton Park


The footbridge in Jack Layton Park returns to service under the supervision of Hudson Parks and Recreation Director Nicolas Pedneault after being damaged in the spring flooding.

The sound of hammers on nails echoed through the sunlit wetland in Jack Layton Park Friday, September 15 as Hudson town employees reconstructed the footbridge linking the park to the trail that leads to Sandy Beach.

Damaged by record flooding in April 2017, the bridge has waited in a state of disrepair since then for the approval to rebuild from the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC).

Most of the work is being done by hand according to Hudson Parks and Recreation Director Nicolas Pedneault who was on-site overseeing the project.

“We have to follow the regulations of a certificate from the Ministry of the Environment,” he said.

The certificate stipulates that equipment powered by petroleum products cannot be used in the vicinity of a waterway such as the Viviry River that passes under the bridge. Similarly, the certificate specifies that only untreated lumber can be used in the reconstruction.

“The goal is to protect the environment, we are not permitted to use treated wood,” said Pedneault. “Work methods are controlled by the MDDELCC.”

The bridge rebuilding project grew as work on the structure began. “Originally, we were replacing the railing and the support posts,” said Pedneault. However, as with many reconstruction projects, as the structure was dismantled, it became apparent there was more work to be done. Although he didn’t have exact numbers, Pedneault said the cost of reconstructing the bridge was slightly over the original budget of $13,500.