Construction on the Disraeli Bridge project is expected to ramp up in the coming weeks.
Crews are currently working on the active transportation bridge across the Red River, but must wait until the ground thaws to complete the remaining roadwork as part of the $195-million public-private partnership project.
City of Winnipeg bridge planning and operations manager Brad Neirinck said crews were able to reuse some parts of the old bridge for the active transportation bridge.
"We reused the piers from the old river bridge," he said. "They’ve restored those piers, and right now, they’re in the process of erecting girders for that bridge.
"Once those are erected and they’re finished decking the bridge, then they’ll remove the rest of the old bridge."
When the weather heats up and crews begin roadwork, the median lanes on Henderson Highway between the bridge and Hespeler Avenue will need work, and a right turning lane from Hespeler onto Henderson will need to be built. As well, there will be repairs made to Midwinter Avenue on the north side of the bridge, and to Disraeli Street and Rover Avenue on the south side.
"Generally they’ll start after the melt, but you can’t start placing pavement until after the frost is out of the ground," said Neirinck. "It usually starts about beginning to mid-May.
"They’ll probably start some preliminary work, landscaping and things like that, as soon as they can."
The entire project is expected to be completed by July 31.
"It’ll be a real blitz in the early spring and into the summer, and everything should be done by mid-summer," he said.