June 25, 2010
DURHAM BRIDGE (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded a contract to replace the Durham Bridge (Nashwaak River Bridge No. 4) 25 km northeast of Fredericton.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced today that Concreate USL Ltd. won the tender to remove the existing steel thru-truss structure and to assemble and install a new modular panel bridge. The tender is worth about $3 million.
"Now that the school year is completed, the contractor will be mobilizing on site to start this important job," said Landry. "Given the age and condition of the 37-year-old structure, our department held public consultations in Durham last year to inform residents of the project and seek their input. I am confident that bridge users will be very happy with the result: a modern, safer bridge that will serve their needs for decades."
Site preparation and environmental mitigation begin this weekend. The bridge will be closed starting Monday, June 28, in the late morning for eleven weeks.
The completion date for the bridge removal and replacement is Friday, Sept. 3. In the meantime, detour signs have been posted advising motorists to use Route 628 or the Penniac Bridge, which has recently been re-opened by the Department of Transportation after the replacement of the bridge deck and approaches.
Landry also announced that work has progressed well on a major construction project on Route 8 in advance of the Killarney Road intersection past the Durham Bridge.
HBH Paving Ltd. of Island View won a $2.2-million tender to pave 10.6 km and perform slope stabilization upgrades, upgrade the road shoulders and replace guardrails. Department of Transportation crews are continuing to perform ditching improvements and repair driveway culverts in these areas.
Motorists are advised to be aware of construction signs and personnel and to reduce their speeds.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.