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Project Update October 28, 2011

The east sidewalk of the bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Some work on the guardrail still remains but will not require full sidewalk closures.

The sidewalk contains elements of public art. A "Public Art Preview" is planned for 5:30 7:30 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in the foyer of the Gas Station Theatre, 445 River Avenue, in Osborne Village (the October 2011 Newsletter contains a description of the public art). The public is invited to attend.

Work will proceed on the centre portion of the bridge until the middle of November to prepare for three lanes of traffic on the east side of the bridge for next year's detour allowing the west portion of the bridge to be shutdown and rehabilitated.

The City of Winnipeg thanks all users for their patience and understanding during the construction period.

Project Update October 4, 2011

Over the weekend, the bridge was opened to two northbound lanes on the rehabilitated portion of the bridge, and two southbound lanes on the existing bridge which will be rehabilitated next year.

The east sidewalk will remain closed for a few more weeks until work on it is complete.

Work will proceed on the centre portion of the bridge until the middle of November to prepare for three lanes of traffic on the east side of the bridge for next year's detour, which will allow the west portion of the bridge to be shutdown and rehabilitated.

Recent photographs showing the current construction activities are given below.

  • Photo 16 - Two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound
  • Photo 17 - Work on the centre portion of the bridge underway
  • Photo 18 - Sidewalk finishing touches

The City of Winnipeg thanks all users for their patience and understanding during the construction period.

Project Update - August 25, 2011

Rehabilitation of the bridge is progressing well and the current phase is on target to be completed in late October/early November of 2011.

From late October/early November of 2011 until Spring of 2012, two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes and both sidewalks will be open to traffic. Minimal work will occur over the Winter. In the Spring of 2012, the west side of the bridge will be closed off for reconstruction and traffic will be diverted to the east portion similar to what was done this year on the western portion (3 lanes consisting of 1 northbound lane, 1 southbound lane, and 1 switchover lane plus the east sidewalk will be open). Final completion of the entire bridge will be in late October/early November of 2012.

Work has progressed on the bridge deck, abutments, and the roadwork. Work is still to be completed on the bridge deck wearing surface, expansion joints, sidewalk, handrail, and roadworks.

Recent photographs showing the current construction activities are given below.

  • Photo 12 - Traffic on the Western Portion of the Bridge
  • Photo 13 - Condition of Existing Bridge Deck at Completion of Demolition
  • Photo 14 - Deck Lower Lift Poured
  • Photo 15 - Bridge Sidewalk and Traffic Barrier under Construction

The City of Winnipeg thanks all users for their patience and understanding during the construction period.

Project Update - June 17, 2011

Rehabilitation of the bridge is progressing well, is on schedule, and there are no major technical construction issues to report.

Assiniboine River levels have finally receded allowing the under bridge pathway at the north end of the bridge to be reopened. The pathway has been raised as much as possible to allow continued use in the event that Assiniboine River levels rise again. People wishing to cross Osborne Street north of the bridge should use the under bridge pathway or cross at the intersection at Broadway.

A fence has been constructed along the east side of Osborne Street from the bridge to Broadway to deter people from crossing unsafely. At the completion of the project a signalized at-grade crossing will be provided just north of the bridge connecting Mostyn Place to Assiniboine Avenue.

Cyclists travelling on Osborne may either use the travel lanes or dismount and walk their bicycles across the bridge sidewalk. Please remember that with the exception of young children, it is illegal and unsafe to ride a bicycle along the sidewalk. There have been some near-miss incidents between cyclists and pedestrians. Police will continue to provide enforcement of the rules at this location.

Motorists are reminded that cyclists are entitled to use the traffic lanes and that passing cyclists is only permitted if it is safe to do so. Cyclists are reminded to keep as far right as practicable but the lanes are narrow and it might not be safe to pass in a construction zone.

The City of Winnipeg thanks all users for their patience and understanding during the construction period. The current stage of construction is slated to be complete in the fall of 2011. During the winter, 2011 2012, there will be two lanes of traffic in each direction and both sidewalks will be open, with construction on the centre lane during this period. Construction on the west side of the bridge will occur from April to Fall 2012, and traffic will flow on the bridge and road's reconstructed east side.

Recent photographs showing the current construction activities are given below.

  • Photo 9 - Bridge Deck Rehabilitation Continuing
  • Photo 10 - Forming of New Concrete Wall for North Abutment
  • Photo 11 - Underbridge Pathway Open

Project Update - May 25, 2011

Rehabilitation of the bridge is progressing well and is on schedule.

Works started on April 12, 2011. On April 23, 2011, the east half of the bridge was closed to traffic and 3 lanes of traffic have been provided for on the west half of the bridge. The center lanes switch over to accommodate peak traffic at key times. The east sidewalk is closed and all pedestrian traffic is directed to the west sidewalk.

Current construction activities include bridge deck demolition, installation of falsework/formwork for the new east overhangs, and demolition of the south approach span. Also roadworks on Osborne Street north of the bridge has commenced. See photographs below:

  • Photo 1 - Current Traffic Diversion 3 Lanes of Traffic on West Side
  • Photo 2 - Traffic Diversion South of Bridge
  • Photo 3 - Traffic Diversion North of Bridge
  • Photo 4 - Bridge Deck Demolition Milling Asphalt and Breaking Concrete
  • Photo 5 - Bridge Deck East Overhang Removal
  • Photo 6 - Demolition of South Approach Span
  • Photo 7 - Falsework and Formwork for East Overhang Installed
  • Photo 8 - Roadworks In-Progress

Cyclists crossing the bridge may travel in a traffic lane or may dismount and walk their bicycle across on the sidewalk. Motorists are reminded to watch out for cyclists on the roadway and to only pass them when it is safe to do so.

Those wanting to cross Osborne Street north of the bridge should use the signalized crossing at Broadway and not cut through the construction zone as it is not safe to do so. When river levels subside the under bridge pathway system will re-open allowing pedestrian and cyclist traffic to pass under Osborne.

Project Status - April 2011

Construction drawings and specifications were prepared and tendered. The general construction contract has been awarded to M. D. Steele Construction Limited. Construction is tentatively scheduled to began on April 12, 2011, with construction of the traffic detour cross-over.

During the weekend of April 23, 2011, the east half to the bridge deck will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians. The west three lanes will remain open. There will be at least one lane of traffic available in both directions at all times. The centre lane will change direction to suit the rush hour peak traffic flow direction. In the morning rush hour there will be two lanes of traffic in the northbound direction and one lane in the southbound direction. Outside of morning rush hour, there will be one northbound traffic lane and two southbound traffic lanes. Pedestrians will have access across the bridge on the existing west sidewalk.

Osborne bridgeConstruction work will proceed on the east side of the bridge deck and the east side of Osborne Street. The work on the east side of the deck and roadway are expected to be completed by October 2011. The traffic will then be shifted with two lanes of traffic in each direction for the winter. Little if any work will be done during the winter.

Work will start again in April 2012. Traffic will be shifted onto the reconstructed east side of the bridge and roadway while work proceeds on the west side. In the morning rush hour there will be two lanes of traffic in the northbound direction and one lane in the southbound direction. Outside of morning rush hour, the will be one northbound traffic lane and two southbound traffic lanes.

Pedestrians will have access across the bridge on the new east sidewalk. The existing underbridge pathway on the north side of the river will remain open. A portion of the pathway will be raised to provide access during periods of high water.

Work on the bridge is expected to be completed by October 2012. Once complete, the reconstructed bridge will be opened with two northbound traffic lanes and three southbound traffic lanes.

Project Contact

For further information contact 311.

Last update: October 14, 2015
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