Blindman River bridge work resumes

Travellers may experience minor delays from dawn to dusk over the next month on Highway 20

  • Mar. 20, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Travellers may experience minor delays from dawn to dusk over the next month on Highway 20 six kilometres north of Rimbey as rehabilitation work resumes on the Blindman River bridge.

Construction began March 18. As some of the work will require short-term lane closures, traffic lights will be installed at both ends of the bridge to direct motorists. Lane width restrictions of 4.5 metres will be enforced during lane closures.

Other parts of the rehabilitation work will not impact free-flow traffic within the construction zone but appropriate signage will be erected as different aspects of the work are underway.

Varying speed limit reductions will be in place through the construction zone, depending on the type and location of the work being done on any given day. Most work is expected to take place from Monday to Friday but there may also be occasional weekend construction. Motorists are asked to pay special attention to all signage throughout the construction period.

Work on the bridge began in 2012 and was suspended when winter hit. The rehabilitation, expected to cost $1.18 million, was undertaken as part of the regular maintenance program and will substantially extend the service life and enhance user safety for this important piece of infrastructure.

Motorists are reminded to obey all traffic signs and flag persons in a construction. Fines for speeding are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.

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