Feb. 8, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - There will be traffic disruptions throughout the week on Route 15 at the Wheeler Boulevard and Mapleton Road interchange in Moncton.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry said the work is part of the department's $2.5-million investment to widen the Mapleton Road underpass.
"Cranes and other heavy equipment will be in the construction zone this week lifting 16 concrete beams into place," said Landry. "Department staff have been working closely with the contractor to try and minimize the impact to motorists."
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, motorists can anticipate a partial lane closure of the Route 15 (Wheeler Boulevard) eastbound off-ramp at Mapleton Road as four beams are placed. The eastbound passing lane of Wheeler Boulevard will be closed in the afternoon in preparation for Wednesday's activities.
On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the eastbound passing lane on Route 15 (Wheeler Boulevard) will be closed all day as four beams are placed. All eastbound lanes will be closed for short periods from 9:30 a.m. until noon, with eastbound traffic diverted at Mountain Road. The westbound driving lane (Wheeler Boulevard) will be closed in the afternoon in preparation of Thursday's activities.
On, Thursday, Feb. 11, the westbound passing lane on Route 15 (Wheeler Boulevard) will be closed in the morning and all westbound lanes will be closed periodically from 9:30 a.m. until noon, and traffic will be diverted as eight beams are placed. In the afternoon, motorists can anticipate a partial lane closure of the Route 15 (Wheeler Boulevard) westbound off ramp at Mapleton Road.
A tender was awarded to Modern Construction (1983) Ltd. of Moncton. Work started last June with three piers and two abutments. A concrete deck will be poured for the new section this year.
"This is certainly a high volume area, and our intent is to build greater capacity there and improve traffic flow," said Landry. "I ask motorists to be patient, adjust their travel times and reduce speeds in the construction zone."
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.