Traffic transferred onto completed portion of the new Provencher Bridge|
WINNIPEG - OCTOBER 31, 2002 - Traffic will be transferred onto two completed lanes of the new Provencher Bridge beginning tomorrow morning, at approximately 9:00 a.m. The transition will be completed by Sunday afternoon.
“We’ve structured the changeover so that no closures are required,” says Jim Thomson, Director of Public Works. “The transfer should have no effect on motorists as the approximate 35,000 vehicles that use the bridge each day will be accommodated as they are currently.”
Eastbound traffic will be transferred onto the new structure on Friday, a relatively simple change that involves moving temporary barricades and signs to re-direct traffic onto newly constructed portions of Water Avenue and east onto the new bridge. The transfer of westbound traffic is more involved as it requires construction of temporary ‘asphalt islands’, at the intersection of Provencher Boulevard and Tache Avenue. The islands will redirect traffic flow and provide landing areas for pedestrians crossing at the intersection.
A temporary sidewalk on the south side of the new bridge will accommodate pedestrian traffic.
All left turns at the Provencher/Tache intersection will continue to be prohibited.
Parking on the north side of Provencher east of Tache, which had been disrupted, will be reinstated.
Thomson says work on the two, still-to-be-constructed traffic lanes, of the new bridge (which will occupy space on which the east end of the old bridge currently sits) will continue following demolition of the old bridge, which will commence next week.
The vehicular bridge is part of the $73 million Provencher Twin Span Bridges Project that includes a separate pedestrian bridge, currently under construction.
Vehicular and pedestrian bridges are scheduled for completion in fall 2003.
Last update: 01.02.2004
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