Surette's Island, Nova Scotia
Indian Sluice Point Bridge
Although priests were not permitted to run for political office, they helped influence legislation by openly favouring a particular candidate, not always of their own denomination, that they felt would best serve the interests of the community. The clergy also helped influence community development, sometimes on a large scale. Father J.B. Depuis (served 1896–1901) and Father J.E. Hamelin (1901–29) were largely responsible for getting the Surette's Island bridge constructed in 1909.
The original structure was replaced by a new bridge in 2012–14 at a cost of $13.5 million. At nearly 190 metres, it is the longest bridge in the county. There was a grand opening on Saturday June 28, 2014 celebrating the new two-lane bridge replacing a one-lane structure that opened more than a century earlier.
- Neil Boucher (1980). The development of an Acadian village: Surette's Island, 1859-1970. Lescarbot Press. ASIN B0006FCDXQ.
- Eric Bourque (July 29, 2013). "Bridge construction on schedule, province says". Yarmouth County Vanguard. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
- "New bridge a 'dream come true'". Yarmouth County Vanguard. December 29, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
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