Connecting the Islands: Pools Island Bailey Bridge
Pools Island was first settled as a village on the route to the Labrador seal fishery. Some say it was the settlement of Pools Island, and its expanding population, that lead to the development of the nearby communities of Badgers Quay and Valleyfield. It was not until 1953 however, that a single-lane Bailey bridge was constructed to connect Pools Island and Badgers Quay.
Current day settlements in New-Wes-Valley are fully accessible by roads, but still span at least eleven islands, in addition to the mainland portion of the community. While each of these islands are now connected by bridge or by causeway, it was not until 1981 that the coastline was fully connected, and most roads were paved.
This case study will look at the social and economic impacts of connecting communities by roads. The bridge to Pools Island will be studied specifically, and a discussion of connecting other inhabited islands around the provinces coast will be presented.
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