“It’s an MTQ project, not much to say, it needs to be done,” said Ormstown mayor Jean Côté of the project.
However, there is concern in the community that this will affect local businesses.
Local businesses on Main Street have long been in discussion to minimize the impact of this bridge closure on their businesses.
“Ormstown has very little foot traffic to begin with, and the closure of the bridge will surely decrease what it does have exponentially. This means much fewer potential customers,” says Tara Chisholm of Tara’s Boutique.
In response to this and the fact that many local residents walk to get their groceries, necessities, and so on, the City of Ormstown has started a shuttle bus that leaves every half hour from either side of the bridge between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm.
The bus leaves from St. Paul's United Church, stops at the corner of Church Street and Gale Street, near Esso, also known as Kenny’s. Stops near the IGA and finally arrives at the Vieux Moulin. See the map here.
Businesses on Main Street are also making their own effort to stimulate business.
“Those of us who met are very aware that we are about to enter a ‘drought’,” says Chisholm, “We’ve banded together to try to come up with solutions to minimize the negative effects of the closure, and I am feeling very positive about what we’ve come up with so far.”
For example, this Friday many businesses along Main Street will be hosting a Black Friday sale with some great deals to encourage people to buy local and start their Christmas shopping. Not only will there be great deals, there will also be some free giveaways. Full details here.