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Seventh Avenue South Bridge Work Resumes

Please be advised work will resume on the Seventh Avenue South Bridge site starting on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Removal of the temporary pedestrian bridge will begin the morning of June 25, 2018. There will be short delays for boat traffic on Laurensons Creek when the pedestrian bridge is lifted from the crossing. Flag persons will be on site to direct boaters.

Once the pedestrian bridge is removed, the new bridge installation project will proceed. As the installation project moves forward, boaters can expect short delays on the Creek at various times throughout July. Flag persons and signage will be posted on the Creek to notify boaters of the disruptions.

Further public notices will be issued when the Creek will be closed. It will be necessary to close the Creek at certain stages of the project; however, the exact dates will depend on the progress of the work. The new bridge is expected to be in place by the end of August.

The City extends thanks to the public for their cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

August 17, 2018

The plan to install the deck panels on the new Seventh Avenue South Bridge has been rescheduled by one day and altered to allow boat traffic on Laurensons Creek with intermittent delays.

Boat traffic will be controlled by flag persons on the Creek and boaters can expect delays of up to 20 minutes at a time, as per the following schedule:

• Tuesday,  August 21          7 am – 7 pm
• Wednesday,  August 22    7 am – 7 pm

August 14, 2018

Laurensons Creek will be closed to ALL boat traffic as per the following schedule:

Monday, August 20  – 12 noon to 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, August 21  – 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This closure is necessary to accommodate the installation of the deck panels for the new Seventh Avenue South Bridge.

August 2 - 16, 2018

Interruptions to boat traffic on Laurensons Creek will continue to be short, 15 minutes or less for the next two weeks.

Local traffic only is permitted in the construction area at Seventh Avenue South and Third Street South.

July 26, 2018

There is no change for boat traffic on the Creek. For the next week, delays continue to be short.

The construction area at Seventh Avenue South and Third Street South remains closed to all vehicle traffic. Local traffic only is permitted in the immediate area.

July 19, 2018

There is no change this week; delays will continue to be short on the Creek.

Reminder: the construction area at Seventh Avenue South and Third Street South is closed off to all vehicle traffic.  Local traffic is permitted in the immediate area.

July 12, 2018

For the period of July 12 through July 19, interruptions to boat traffic on Laurensons Creek will continue to be temporary in nature, 15 minutes or less at a time.

Flag persons will be staged along the Creek shoreline, and we request that Creek users observe the posted signage and flagging in place.

For vehicular traffic, the streets in the construction area are limited to local traffic only.

July 5 Update

For the period of July 5 through July 13, interruptions to boat traffic on Laurensons Creek will continue to be temporary in nature, 15 minutes or less at a time.

Flag persons will be staged along the Creek shoreline, and we request that Creek users observe the posted signage and flagging in place.

June 29 Update

Interruptions to boat traffic on Laurensons Creek during the period of June 29th through July 5th will be limited to short-term durations as necessary for safety precautions with movement and setup of equipment.  It is anticipated the wait time will be less than 15 minutes at a time.  Flag persons will be staged along the Creek shoreline, and we request that Creek users observe the posted signage and flagging in place.

Seventh Avenue South Bridge Questions and Answers

When will the bridge work start?

The project will  begin the morning of June 25, after school is dismissed for the summer.

How long will it take to put the new bridge in place?

It will take most of the summer to remove the temporary pedestrian bridge, prepare the site, and install the new bridge. It is expected to be in place by the end of August 2018.

Will boats be able to travel on Laurensons Creek?

There will be short delays some days and short closures on others. We will do our best to notify the public about lengthy closures to minimize disruptions for boaters. There will be flag persons and signage posted when there are closures.

Why is the bridge being replaced?

The original bridge was built in 1933 and during a bridge inspection in 2016, it was determined the bridge had reached the end of its life cycle. While the City worked on a solution, the bridge was put under a 5 tonne gross vehicle weight limit until it was removed in 2018.

What is the new bridge made of?

The new bridge will be constructed of precast concrete sections. The retaining walls, abutments and the bridge deck will be fabricated off site and transported to the project which will speed up construction. The type of bridge to be constructed was a condition of the project contract to ensure boat traffic disruptions would be minimized.