July 24, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Motorists are advised that the Princess Margaret Bridge in Fredericton will be closed to all traffic during evenings and overnights from Tuesday, Aug. 4, to Monday, Aug. 24, and will be 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 until 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Signs informing motorists of the closure have been posted 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 kg (800 pounds), will take place on weekends. During daytime hours when the bridge is open, crews will be continuing repairs to the steel superstructure below the deck."
The Princess Margaret Bridge, built in 1957, is being renovated 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.