SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The Hammond River and McAfee Bridges have closed abruptly for maintenance work expected to take about two weeks.
The Hammond River Bridge on Route 860 near the Route 1 overpass closed Wednesday after Department of Transportation crews working to replace the roof discovered rotten and cracked upper beams.
“The roof leaked and caused some rot in one of the beams,” says Tracey Burkhardt, transportation communications director.
“Another beam was cracked from a truck that crossed the bridge that was over the weight limit.”
Crews are working on the underside of the bridge to stabilize it with a view to replacing the damaged beams in the spring.
Repairs are expected to cost about $25,000.
The McAfee Bridge on Route 880, near Berwick, will also be closed for about two weeks to replace timbers broken last Saturday when it was hit by a snowplow. That work will cost between $15,000 and $20,000.
Each bridge in the province is inspected annually. Detour signs are in place at each of the closed bridges.
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