The bulk of the heavy construction aspects of the restoration project were carried out during the winter of 1991 and 1992. Due to the swampy conditions, it was only possible to bring in equipment during the winter. Bridge #6 had collapsed into the water. It had to be raised from the swamp and required extensive restoration. Bridges #2, #3, and #4 needed new abutments, wing walls, and piers. Bridge #6 was reinstalled in 1996, and Bridge #5 was moved into place in 1997. The final step was the installation of new wooden decking in 1998.
The restored McGilvray Road and its collection of historic bridges was formally reopened to pedestrian traffic on September 7, 1997. The structures are nationally recognized has being historically significant, and the restoration project has been a remarkable success. The river bottom area still floods, and the 100 year old bridges do require maintenance from time to time. Fortunately, the ‘Friends’ are still there to take care of the bridges, ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy them.
The photo above is a view of Bridge #6 as one would approach the bridge while heading west on McGilvray Road. The photo below is looking east down the length of the bridge deck. Vegetation is growing through the open spaces in the bridge truss due to the river channel being plugged with debris and choked with trees and brush.