Bridge demo slated for end of Fe­bru­ary

Safety con­cerns tied to bad weather de­lays re­moval of Vic­to­ria Street struc­ture

Waterloo Region Record - - Local - JO­HANNA WEI­D­NER jwei­d­ner@there­cord.com, Twit­ter: @Wei­d­nerRecord

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.

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