April 30, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has issued a tender to repave the Westmorland Street Bridge in Fredericton.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced today that the project must be completed by June 11, prior to the scheduled closure of the Princess Margaret Bridge, which is undergoing major repairs. The minister said the contract will be awarded in mid-May and will enable the contractor to work evenings, weekends and on holidays.
"The tender document is very clear that all work on the Westmorland Street Bridge must be finished on time so it does not overlap with the closure schedule that begins June 19 for Phase 2 of the Princess Margaret Bridge rehabilitation project," said Landry.
Landry said the contractor will not be allowed to do work on the southbound lanes during the peak morning drive time; nor on the northbound lanes during the evening commute. Still, motorists can expect some delays and traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction while work is being done.
"We ask residents in Greater Fredericton for their patience and understanding as this government continues to make major investments to improve the highways and bridges in this region," said Finance Minister Greg Byrne. "We are co-ordinating these projects in the best manner possible to minimize traffic disruptions."
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.