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MIRAMICHI, N.B. -- The Centennial Bridge users will have to wait longer than planned before they can cross the Mira...


MIRAMICHI, N.B. — The Centennial Bridge users will have to wait longer than planned before they can cross the Miramichi River using that route.

The bridge was closed to traffic by the Department of Transportation on the evening of May 5 to allow the contractor Arthur Sivret & Fils to conduct repairs including the removal of asphalt, re-paving, and also jacking the bridge up to replace worn bearings.

Although the province hoped the job would take seven weeks, finishing by June 21, the contractor found more damaged concrete.

“We’re shooting to have the bridge open for the first long weekend of July,” says Transportation Department spokeswoman Tracy Burkhardt.

Burkhardt says it might seem like not much is happening at the bridge-site for much of next week, because asphalt must cure for seven days before the paving crews can go to work.

The contractor is waiting for a wind-free day to jack the bridge and replace the bearings on top of the piers. The bridge will be closed, as a safety measure, to pedestrians and cyclists on the day the contractor jacks the bridge.


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