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Last span of old Traffic Bridge coming down in November

The city is pleased with the progress that has been made at two Saskatoon bridges under construction. File / Global News

The City of Saskatoon is pleased with the progress being made in the construction of the new Traffic Bridge and the Northway Commuter Parkway site.

Work began on replacing the Traffic Bridge across the South Saskatchewan River in December 2015.

“Right now at the Traffic Bridge, crews are putting the finishing touches on construction of an in-river berm on the north side of the river so they can start building the two north piers,” Dan Willems, the city’s special projects manager, said.

“The south in-river pier, the north and south bridge abutments, and the first new span is complete and demolition of the last original span will start in mid-November.”

Previously, the contractor had planned a demolition with explosives, however Graham Commuter Partners (GCP) believes it can perform a tear-down of the last remaining span of the old Traffic Bridge from the containment berm.

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Meanwhile, at the North Commuter Parkway, the west in-river pier is complete and construction of the centre in-river pier is underway.

“This part of the project involves more than bridge construction. It also involves storm sewer installation as well as several kilometers of earthworks for the roads connecting to the new bridge,” Willems said.

The new bridges are scheduled to open in 2018.

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