May 7, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded a contract to renovate the Princess Margaret Bridge in Fredericton.
"The Princess Margaret Bridge is a vital structure for south-central New Brunswick," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "My department is taking a co-ordinated approach to rehabilitate this 52-year old bridge so it will continue to serve motorists for a long time."
Marid Industries Ltd. of Windsor Junction, NS, was selected through a competitive bid process to undertake Phase 1 of the project, valued at $3.4 million. This contractor will replace 22 bridge bearings, each of which weigh 362.8 kg (800 pounds), and reinforce steel members. Crews are expected to be on site by the week of May 18.
"Department of Transportation staff are scheduling a meeting with the successful contractor to discuss details of the work, along with the need to identify three, 20-day closures of the bridge from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m," said Landry. "We feel these dates are important so bridge users, emergency responders, area businesses, employers and tourism stakeholders may receive advance notice."
Landry also announced that the provincial government had awarded two separate contracts to Springhill Construction Ltd. of Fredericton worth $4.58 million to pave 16.5 km. The work will incorporate five projects in the capital region, including 4.6 km of the southbound lanes of Route 8 from the Princess Margaret Bridge to Hanwell Road and a stretch of Route 8 from the Princess Margaret Bridge to Marysville.
Construction on this latter section will begin Monday and last one month. Traffic delays are expected. Motorists are reminded to slow down in construction zones.
Landry said a contract for Phase 2 is expected to be awarded late summer or early fall. A Request for Proposals is being issued to companies that responded to a Request for Qualifications issued in March. Phase 2 includes deck and guardrail replacement, pier rehabilitation, sandblasting and painting.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.