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Disraeli nearing completion

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Construction crews are expected to pack up their tool belts and complete the Disraeli Bridge project in September, the city says.

In an email, city spokesperson Tammy Melesko said work on both the pedestrian bridge connecting Point Douglas and Elmwood, along with other street work at Henderson Highway and Hespeler Avenue, will be complete by mid- to late September.

While traffic has been flowing again on a section of Midwinter Avenue beneath the bridge between Riverton and Brazier since the beginning of August, crews continue to finish work on the active transportation link over the Red River.

That work includes installing lighting, railings and a series of artwork that will line the bridge, along with some earth and landscaping work needed on each side of the river, Melesko said.
Crews are also finishing work on retaining walls and railings, and landscaping restoration around the traffic bridge, which was complete last October.

Construction of the $195-million project began in November 2010, and was funded through a public-private partnership, or P3, that included all three levels of government and Plenary Roads Winnipeg.

The project is on budget, Melesko said.

From Midwinter Avenue, cyclists and pedestrians using the bridge can connect to active transportation routes along Henderson Highway, the Brazier Bike Boulevard or the Northeast Pioneers Greenway. Those coming onto Rover Avenue can turn east towards Annabella Street and connect with the North Winnipeg Parkway, which connects to Waterfront Drive and eventually The Forks.

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