Blast Sunday to take down another Traffic Bridge span
SASKATOON – Phase two of the Traffic Bridge demolition is scheduled for Sunday morning. The far north span of the bridge in downtown Saskatoon will be taken down around 8:30 a.m. CT.
A project manager said the demolition won’t be as dramatic as the first one on Jan. 10. About a quarter of the last demolition’s explosives will be used this time around, causing the span to come down and tipping onto the berm.
An exclusion zone of 250 metres around the blast site will be in place approximately one hour before the blast. Residents within the zone received notification of the blast Thursday morning.
Road closures and traffic detours will be in place between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
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A series of three short sirens will signal the start of the demolition and then a long single siren will signal the completion of the blast.
Anyone interested in viewing the demolition is welcome to watch outside the exclusion zone. The best viewing area will be on the south end of the Broadway Bridge.
“Due to the configuration of the exclusion zone, access the bridge from the south and east side of the river since the north portion will be closed as it lies within the exclusion zone,” said Dan Willems, special projects manager with the city.
Officials with the Saskatoon Fire Department is cautioning spectators to avoid walking or standing on the ice.
The remaining span of the bridge will be taken down next fall or winter as construction progresses.
Jacqueline Wilson contributed to this story
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