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Bridge construction begins on the Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. -- Premier Pat Binns and Transportation and Public Works Minister Gail Shea announced plans f...


CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Premier Pat Binns and Transportation and Public Works Minister Gail Shea announced plans for improvements of the Sturgeon Bridge, as part of a Bridge Reconstruction Strategy.

The bridge review found some structural issues with both the wooden abutments and pile caps which had suffered damage due to frost heaving.

The improvements scheduled include replacing the existing timber structure with a new three-span, pre-stressed concrete girder, a new concrete deck and an asphalt wearing surface. New reinforced concrete abutments will replace the existing wooden abutments, minimizing risk of damage from frost heaving. Additionally, road reconstruction on Route 17 will take place in conjunction with the project to accommodate approaches to the bridge.

Preliminary engineering work has been completed, and tenders will be called shortly. The project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by March, 2003.


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