June 8, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Motorists may expect less inconvenience this summer now that the closure period for the Princess Margaret Bridge has been shortened by two weeks.
The bridge will now be closed from Monday, July 5 to Sunday, Aug. 8 instead of from June 19 to Aug. 8 as previously announced.
"The contractor has conducted a more detailed analysis of the design-build project and determined that a seven-week closure this summer is not required," said Fred Blaney, executive director of Engineering Services with the Department of Transportation. "As a result, they have restructured their work plan resulting in a shorter period of traffic disruption in the Fredericton area. This shortened closure period should be welcome news for area motorists, local businesses, the trucking community, emergency first responders and tourists. It means the bridge will not be closed during the final week of the school year or during the Canada Day long weekend."
Blaney said the bridge remains scheduled to be closed in 2011 from June 11 to Sept. 5 as previously announced.
"Following a closer examination of the construction procedure and discussions with the Department of Transportation, we have agreed to shorten the closure dates for the Princess Margaret Bridge project," said Ken Dean, project manager with SNC Lavalin Atlantic Inc. "Work is continuing on pier rehabilitation and structural repairs along with improvements to the steel bridge members. During the five-week closure, we will remove sections of the existing bridge deck and replace them. Work to replace the floor beams, deck and guardrail system will continue during the closure period in 2011."
Blaney said the project's completion date of Sept. 5, 2011 will not change. The provincial government awarded a $77.3 million contract for Phase 2 of the bridge rehabilitation project to SNC Lavalin Inc. following a competitive bid process.
The Princess Margaret Bridge, located on Route 8, is 53 years old and has daily traffic of 20,000 vehicles.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.