Contract awarded to finish repairs to Princess Margaret Bridge (10/02/26)

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Feb. 26, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded a contract to finish repairs to the Princess Margaret Bridge in Fredericton.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced today that SNC Lavalin Inc. was the selected proponent after three consortiums submitted bids in a request for proposals. Landry said a maximum of $77.3 million will be invested over the next two construction seasons to refurbish the 52-year-old structure.


"Our government is delivering on its commitment to accelerate this project and get it completed," said Landry. "This structure on Route 8 is heavily counted on to deliver people and goods through central New Brunswick to many communities around the province. When the project is completed, motorists will have a modernized, strengthened bridge with an extended life and weight limit reinstated to 62,500 kilograms."

Landry made the announcement with Finance Minister Greg Byrne, Social Development Minister and Attorney General Kelly Lamrock and Environment Minister Rick Miles.

Phase 2 of the project involves:

Due to the nature of the work, the bridge will be closed to traffic from Saturday, June 19, to Sunday, Aug. 8. Officials are working with the City of Fredericton and ADI Ltd. to develop a plan to minimize traffic congestion.

"This project will have a major impact on traffic flow in the capital region and on the Westmorland Street Bridge in particular," said Byrne. "I am pleased that work schedules will be co-ordinated to avoid detours on to roads that are being worked on by the municipality and by utilities."

During this bridge closure, motorists will be encouraged to use alternate means of transportation such as carpool, public transit, bike or walk. They will also be encouraged to make fewer trips across the Westmorland Street Bridge, adjust their travel times and use the Burton Bridge and Mactaquac Dam as alternate routes.

"We are announcing these dates to provide advance notice for residents and the business community to make necessary preparations," said Lamrock. "We are being proactive so employers in the capital region may start thinking about implementing flex times for their staff and for employees to have this information as they consider when to take vacations and plan summer camps for their children."

The province invested $3.5 million during Phase 1 in 2009. During that time, the bridge was closed to traffic for 34 days out of a scheduled 60.

The Department of Transportation operates and maintains more than 2,900 bridges in New Brunswick. The provincial government has invested more than $250 million to renew and modernize its structures during the last four capital budgets.

Further information is online.


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