NB travelers, truckers prepare for closure of major link

FREDERICTON — The provincial government and the City of Fredericton are warning travelers to brace for lengthy traffic delays and closures during this summer’s Princess Margaret Bridge construction project.

The construction of scaffolding and other preparatory work related to Phase 2 of the rehabilitation project has started.

The 53-year-old bridge is currently open to traffic, but the scope of the work will require it to be closed from June 19 to Aug. 8.

"This closure will have a major impact on traffic patterns in and around Fredericton," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry.

The bridge has been cited for repairs several times over the last few years and officials routinely place weight restrictions on trucks.

In the past, when the bridge has been off limits enforcement officers opened weigh scales alongside the old Trans-Canada Highway and trucks diverted to alternate routes via Hanwell Road and Route 7.

Coun. Tony Whalen, chair of the city’s transportation committee said that to avoid lengthy traffic delays motorists, goods transporters and residents should seriously consider changing their driving schedules.

"There is no doubt that closing such a major linkage is going to be disruptive, but this rehabilitation work will ensure that the Princess Margaret Bridge continues to serve motorists for many decades to come," said Landry. 

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