June 3, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Princess Margaret Bridge in Fredericton will be closed from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each day starting from the evening of Monday, June 8, until the morning of Saturday June 13. The Department of Transportation issued this advisory today.
"Given the fact that closures will have an impact on traffic patterns in Greater Fredericton, we are communicating this as quickly as possible so motorists may make the necessary preparations," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "Work has been taking place on this bridge over the last couple of months, and the travelling public and the local business community should be aware that repairs will be continuing through the fall."
The department has met with emergency first responders to ensure they are aware of the closures. The department has also met with the contractor starting Phase 1 of the project.
A second set of closures is planned for approximately July 20 to Aug. 8. The dates for the third and fourth set of closures are yet to be determined. The department will provide updates.
Marid Industries Ltd. won the contract to reinforce the structural steel members on the bridge. The firm will also be jacking up the bridge to replace 22 bridge bearings, each of which weigh 362.8 kg (800 pounds). The cost of Phase 1 is more than $3.4 million. A request for proposals for Phase 2 has been issued to five proponents. The contract will be awarded in September.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.