July 17, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Motorists are advised that the Princess Margaret Bridge in Fredericton will be closed to all traffic during evenings and overnights from Monday, July 27, to Monday, Aug. 17, and closed entirely during weekends.
From Monday to Friday the closures are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.. On weekends the bridge will be closed completely from 6:30 p.m. Friday evening until 6:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Signs informing motorists of the closure will be activated in 12 strategic locations inside the Capital Region. Outreach initiatives will also be undertaken to inform emergency first responders, city officials, local businesses and bridge users.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry said that the closure is required, as Phase 1 of the rehabilitation project continues with a contractor on site.
"Marid Industries Ltd will be moving existing work platforms to new locations and undertaking repairs to the through truss span during overnight hours," said Landry. "Work to replace some of the 22 bridge bearings, each of which weighs 362.8 kilograms (800 lbs.) will happen on weekends. During daytime hours when the bridge is open, crews will be continuing repairs to the steel superstructure below the deck."
The New Brunswick Day holiday on Monday, Aug. 3, is being treated the same as a regular work day, so the bridge will be reopened at 6:30 a.m.
The Princess Margaret Bridge was built in 1957, and is being rehabilitated over the next three construction seasons. A contract for Phase 2 of the project will be awarded in September.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.