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THE 100-year-old Arlington Street Bridge could be decommissioned in coming years, according to officials who plan to study the structure's feasibility.
Lester Deane, manager of engineering for Winnipeg's public works department, said the cost of maintaining the bridge is becoming more expensive over time, and the structure is not built to handle modern traffic flow. Deane said it cost the city an extra $250,000 last year to repair the bridge, which can handle only 20 per cent of the weight load of a newly-constructed bridge.
The city plans to study whether the bridge should be decommissioned and whether improving the Salter Street bridge or expanding the McPhillips Street underpass could act as an alternative.
Deane said the city plans to spend $1.5 million to study the bridge's viability in 2013, though it could be pushed back one year if other priorities arise before then.
"The bridge is 100 years old and like anything built 100 years ago they never envisioned the kind of loading and traffic volumes (we have) 100 years later," Deane said.
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