Baxter Bridge repairs will begin on July 19 for eight weeks and will involved scheduled closures

Bridge work ready to begin

Traffic will be affected this week as summer repairs are planned to the Baxter Bridge on the Shuswap River near Enderby.

The bridge is located on Trinity Valley Road and was closed down for an extended period last year due to serious structural issues.

From July 19 to Aug. 5, there will be one hour closures starting at 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week, with openings at the top of each hour to clear cued traffic.

Chad Marsh, area bridge manager with the Ministry of Transportation, says work will include repairs to piles under the bridge and replacement of structural components.

The bridge, which is primarily made of timber, was built in 1950 and is nearing the end of its service lifespan, the Ministry of Transportation says.

A modern, two-lane steel and concrete replacement is planned.

Updates on Baxter Bridge can be found on DriveBC.ca

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