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Fishermen frustrated as Placentia lift bridge leaves boats stuck in harbour

The $50-million Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge in Placentia works great — if you drive a car or a truck. The current problem is a cable reel that broke April 30, and the replacement isn’t due for about a month. Ken Viscount, a Placentia-area fisherman for more than 30 years, says it feels like they’ve been dealing with bridge problems day-in, day-out since it opened almost a couple of years ago. “It seems like every time it’s a good fishing time, like crabbing is now, I mean, that’s the fishermen’s moneymakers, eh? The bridge is broke,” >click to read<20:29

No date to have Placentia lift bridge working fully

Fisherman Jim Mulroney lost time putting a hinge on the mast of his longliner so he can pass under the immobilized bridge. “Lost the fishing. Could have been 8,000 or 10,000-pound cod caught,” he said. It takes Jamie Barnett, who fishes on both sides of the bridge, a full day to take his mast down or put it back up again. “So I’m losing money on days that I could be fishing inside or outside, right?” he said. Read more here 08:44