The Arnold’s Brook Bridge on Trunk 28 near South Bar in Cape Breton County is being replaced. While a permanent bridge is being built at the same location, both the bridge and the highway will be out of service from Monday, July 18 to Sunday, Aug. 28. The contract to build the new bridge, valued at $980,000, has been awarded to J&T Van Zutphen Construction Inc. The contractor has agreed to an accelerated schedule to build the steel arch bridge to minimize inconvenience to the public. The highway will remain open on both sides of the bridge but drivers wishing to cross will have to use a posted detour via Lingan Road. Engineers with the Department of Transportation and Public Works determined that a temporary bridge is not an option, due to high costs. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.