Bridge demo slated for end of February
Safety concerns tied to bad weather delays removal of Victoria Street structure
KITCHENER — The Victoria Street bridge demolition has been rescheduled to the last weekend of February, weather permitting.
The demolition was planned for last weekend, but it was postponed due to the snowy forecast.
Tearing down the bridge is expected to take 30 hours from Saturday, Feb. 24, at 4 a.m. to Sunday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. Highway 85 will be fully closed at Victoria Street during that time.
This is not the first weather delay for the project.
Closing of the bridge to traffic at the end of January was also put off for a day due to inclement weather.
However, the delays aren’t expected to affect the reopening of the key Kitchener roadway.
“The project is still expected to be complete by the end of November 2018,” Liane Fisher Bloxam, communications co-ordinator with the Ministry of Transportation’s west region office based in London, said in an email.
The bridge will be replaced with a wider, longer span to accommodate the new fourlane Highway 7 that will connect to Guelph.
Detours will guide motorists around the closed bridge.
Public and worker safety are the primary concern around adverse weather during a planned demolition operation, Fisher Bloxam said.
Winter maintenance operations would be affected along the open portions of the Conestoga Parkway around the closed section due to detours.
And if a significant amount of snow falls, the closed area of the highway would not be serviced during that period and it would be a challenge to return it to a safe condition for reopening.