Drivers who use the Arlington Street Bridge will have to find a different route for the next seven weeks, as crews begin another round of repairs to the 102-year-old overpass.
On Mon., July 15, the City of Winnipeg closed the overpass to motorists to allow crews to make the structural and deck repairs needed to keep the bridge in operation.
The bridge is slated for reopening on Sat., Aug. 31, but the east sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians, the city said.
Drivers are asked to use either McPhillips Street or the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge on Salter Street as alternate travel routes until the bridge reopens.
The cost of repairs is $350,000, according to the city.
The city has spent $1.5 million since 2002 on annual maintenance repairs to the bridge. It plans to decommission the bridge by 2020.
The city is spending $1.5 million this year to study its options to replace the bridge, including a complete refurbishment or demolishing it and enhancing the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge.
Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie confirmed the city has yet to begin that study.
Eadie says he has made recommendations to the city’s traffic department to consider studying the effect the bridge’s closure this summer has on driver habits throughout the North End, Garden City and West Kildonan.
However, Eadie noted traffic officials say there is a 10% drop in usual traffic numbers during the summer as residents leave the city for holidays.
Whatever decision is made on the bridge is sure to have a spin off effect on both residents and drivers along Leila, Jefferson, and Templeton avenues, said Eadie.
"It will have an impact, I guarantee you," he said.
"Those streets have too heavy of a load on them already."
More than 15,000 vehicles cross the bridge, built from 1910 to 1911, each day. Weight and load restrictions have been in place on the bridge since 1965.