Bridge work changed over complaints

Complaints about the closure of lanes on the 67th Street bridge during peak hours has forced the City of Red Deer to backtrack.

Complaints about the closure of lanes on the 67th Street bridge during peak hours has forced the City of Red Deer to backtrack.

Construction on one westbound lane on the bridge will stop from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., thereby allowing both lanes to be open during heavy traffic time.

During off-peak hours, the westbound traffic will be down to one lane.

Crews are installing a guardrail, resurfacing the lanes and repairing the deck.

Engineering Planning Superintendent Gord Elworthy said the city made the decision on Monday following concerns from the public.

He said if there is any emergency work it would take precedence. Elworthy said progress on the projects should not be slowed down too much.

All three aspects of the work are expected to be completed by September.

“It would just mean possibly cost us a little more because we will have to either schedule people to come in at night, which is not their normal shift time,” said Elworthy. “Or we will have to work over two days instead of one with shorter periods of time.”

The work on the bridge got underway earlier this summer.

For details on road closures and traffic disruptions, visit www.reddeer.ca/roadclosures

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