Hospital Street bridge repairs to begin

Fort McMurray’s Hospital Street bridge repairs are beginning to fix damage caused by a New Year’s Eve collision.

Overnight repair work will begin Tuesday, August 13, with expected completion in mid-September. The scope of the work includes repairs to the concrete girders, crack sealing, patching and related bridge and structural restoration. To minimize disruptions to commuter traffic and ensure worker safety, work will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily, depending on the weather.

Damage to the bridge occurred this past New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2012), when a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load collided with the bridge. The impact broke several beams in the overpass and all exterior concrete girders on the northbound side were damaged.

Motorists using southbound lanes will not be impacted, but both northbound lanes will be closed at night and the exit ramp will be used as a detour for Highway 63 through-traffic during construction. The speed limit will be reduced to 50 km/hr. Signal timing will be adjusted to provide more green light time to Highway 63 through-traffic.

Signs are currently in place to let motorists know when work on the bridge is set to begin and to highlight anticipated closures. Motorists are reminded to obey all flag persons, signs and signals. Fines for speeding are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.

Emergency vehicles and over dimensional vehicles will be accommodated through the work zone. An uninterrupted flow of traffic will be maintained through lights at the Hospital Street ramp. Work will not take place during inclement weather. Appropriate lighting will be provided to ensure safety of the workers and public.

This project is one of many that deliver on the Redford Government’s commitment to strategic investments in Alberta’s core transportation network. Including this project, government will invest $1.4 billion this year in Alberta’s highway network.

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