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Re: Thickwood Interchange/Athabasca River Bridge Updates

Yay, the bridge is open.

Now there are actual shoulders, so in case of an accident there is place to push of the cars to.
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Re: Thickwood Interchange/Athabasca River Bridge Updates

Unread postby betsi » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:05 am

Found this photo of the new bridge
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Re: Thickwood Interchange/Athabasca River Bridge Updates

Unread postby filbert » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:35 pm

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Taken about 10 days ago. Traffic has not been transferred off the Steinhauer bridge yet.
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Re: Thickwood Interchange/Athabasca River Bridge Updates

Unread postby betsi » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:32 am

Nice picture filbert! Although it's a bit out of date, now there is traffic on the new bridge and the middle one is closed.
If you have more feel free to share them.
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Athabasca River Bridge to open in both directions

Unread postby betsi » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:59 pm

Athabasca River Bridge will open both directions Wednesday afternoon.
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.
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Re: Athabasca River Bridge to open in both directions

Unread postby rp1986 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:21 pm

Great! Tease us with nice new bridge and then bitchslap our hopes and dreams into the ground!
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Re: Athabasca River Bridge to open in both directions

Unread postby betsi » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:44 am

You didn't think it would be this easy ?!
Hopefully they'll open up the middle one sooner, they only have to take out the pedestrian divider and re-pave the bridge and make it into 3 southbound lanes.
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Re: Athabasca River Bridge to open in both directions

Unread postby filbert » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:17 pm

The Steinhauer (middle one) is being rebuilt with a completion date in the fall of 2013, and will carry 3 lanes of Highway 63 Southbound traffic. 8-)
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Re: Athabasca River Bridge to open in both directions

Unread postby betsi » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:25 am

I've emailed Trans.Contact.Us.m@gov.ab.ca about why the construction will take 2 years for the middle bridge and here is his response.

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.
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Re: Thickwood Interchange/Athabasca River Bridge Updates

Unread postby MacDaddy » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:29 am

betsi wrote:Can't wait until the Interchange is done
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How about starting a poll on how long this interchange is opened before some idiot racing downhill rolls their vehicle into the tall vehicle bypass lane?
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