Mayor says Princess Margaret Bridge could remain closed until Nov. 15

Fredericton mayor Brad Woodside said on Monday the Princess Margaret Bridge could remain closed until Nov. 15 reports the New Brunswick Beacon‘s Sean O’Neill.

According to the report, Woodside isn’t ruling out the bridge opening sooner.

Woodside told council before the regular Monday meeting began.

The bridge was scheduled to reopen in September before school resumed. The reopening was delayed until mid-October.

The bridge is undergoing an $77.4-million  repair job that started with preliminary work in 2009.

In 2010 the bridge was closed for two months. This year the bridge closed in May and has yet to reopen.

SNC Lavalin Inc. is the company doing the the work which includes replacement of the bridge deck, traffic barriers and bearings; refurbishment of the 22 piers and both abutments; and complete structural steel sandblasting, strengthening and painting.

The bridge was built in 1957 and once the project is complete, the structure is expected to accommodate traffic for another 50 years.

A public meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at  Willie O’Ree Place from 6-7 P.M. with members of SNC Lavalin.

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