Aug. 25, 2009
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Department of Transportation crews will begin work Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, on the Centennial Bridge in Miramichi, Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced today.
The work, valued at $100,000, will require closing a section of the northbound lane of the bridge, and periodic closing of the entire northbound lane over the next three weeks. This closure is necessary while crews undertake routine work to repair the deck of the bridge.
"Since being built in 1967, the Centennial Bridge has been an important piece of the transportation infrastructure on Route 11," said Landry. "This highway plays a key role in supporting the economy of northern New Brunswick, and by undertaking work on the bridge we are investing to improve this very important connection."
Landry also reminded motorists in the area to use caution while travelling the construction zone on the bridge, and to expect traffic delays.
"To manage traffic flow, lights will be installed on either end of the 250-metre-long work zone, said Landry. "This steel bridge is 1.1 kilometres long. and periodically the entire northbound lane will be closed. I urge people travelling in the area to plan ahead, and consider the safety of our crews on Centennial Bridge."
The Department of Transportation is responsible for 2,600 bridges throughout New Brunswick, each of which undergoes a comprehensive inspection every two years.
Funding for this project comes from the Department of Transportation's bridge budget as part of the department's $385.8-million capital budget for 2009-10.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Frye, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-444-5838.