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Southbound Highway 63 traffic shifts from Grant MacEwan Bridge to new Athabasca River Bridge in Fort McMurray
Fort McMurray... Motorists are advised that southbound Highway 63 traffic will shift from the Grant MacEwan Bridge to the new Athabasca River Bridge in Fort McMurray the afternoon of Oct. 26, weather and conditions permitting.
Once the shift occurs, two southbound and two northbound lanes will be available on the new bridge.
The traffic shift and closure of the Grant MacEwan Bridge allows the bridge’s rebuild to begin. The bridge will be lowered and its superstructure will be replaced. The rebuilt bridge will open to traffic in the summer of 2014.
Motorists should use caution in these areas and obey all signs and message boards. Motorists are reminded that fines for speeding are doubled through construction zones when workers are present.
We’re actually going to replace the entire bridge deck and girders. Major operation. Not as simple as just widening the pedestrian walkway into a third lane, which was what was considered at one time. However, with the age of the existing deck, the disturbance to it that would have been involved in widening it, and what was required to bring it to current standards, it was found to be better value to rebuild the superstructure. It will take more time, but will have a prolonged lifespan before requiring major repairs.
Northeast Alberta Transportation Corridor
North Central Region - Fort McMurray
betsi wrote:Can't wait until the Interchange is done
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