Princess Margaret Bridge to re-open (09/08/20)

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Aug. 20, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Princess Margaret Bridge in Fredericton will be fully re-opened to traffic today, following work on Phase 1 of a rehabilitation project.

"I am pleased to report that the bridge will be re-opened four days ahead of schedule," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "The department allotted 20 consecutive days to the contractor where the bridge would be closed during the evening and overnight hours."

Landry said that the contractor, Marid Industries, has used this closure set to replace or repair steel superstructure members, and paint them during the evenings. The installation of high-strength steel bars under various spans to strengthen the existing structure has now been finished.

Daytime work, when the bridge was open to traffic, involved the installation of scaffolding on the relocated work platforms, and preparations required for bearing replacements.

Landry said that two bearings of 22 have been replaced. Future bearing replacements will be scheduled on weekends when the bridge is closed. The next scheduled closure is from Friday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. until Monday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 a.m.

Landry has indicated that there will be no construction on the bridge during the 2009 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, which runs from Sept. 15 - 20.

"The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is an annual, marquee event that brings musicians and visitors to the Capital Region and this province," said Landry. "It is essential that both Fredericton bridges be in service during this important time. I want to recognize the contractor for co-operating with my department by adjusting its work schedule around this festival."


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.