Correspondence regarding the construction of swing bridges at Locks 1 and 3 of the Welland Canal.
Transcription is as follows:
September 24th, 1921
W.A. Bowden, Esq.,
Dept. Railways & Canals,
In reference to Item #5 of the Welland Canal estimates for 1921-22, chargable to Income-Improvements, "to replace composite swing bridges over Locks Nos. 1 and 3, concrete floors - $40,000.00" I am sending under seperate cover ten sets of specifications and form of tender for steel structures. I enclose herewith two copies of newspaper advertisment and of abstract for comparing tenders received for superstructure together with my estimate of cost.
I would request that the Department Bridge Engineer check the same. Should he recommend any changes, I would suggest that the matter be referred back to me before making alterations, as there may be some local conditions regarding bridge sites etc., of which he might not be aware, that have influenced my proposed treatment of the bridges.
As the season is getting late, I would also request that the Department call for tenders as sson as possible. This work can only be carried on during the closed season of navigation. I propose to construct the substructures and approachs with the Canal Repair Staff. Some of this work, for example the rest piers, can be done at any time, provided we have definite date from the successful tenders as to teh design of superstructure to be built.