Structural upgrades at Baxter Bridge getting close to completion

Baxter work nears an end

Work is getting close to completion at the Baxter Bridge near Enderby.

"Once the work is complete, we expect to be able to remove the current weight restriction of 25 tonnes and restore the previously posted weight restriction," says Chad Marsh, area bridge manager with the Ministry of Transportation.

The ministry will be conducting inspections on the works completed next week, Marsh adds.

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

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.

There will be no closures over the Thanksgiving weekend, however closures of up to two and half hours will resume on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 5 p.m.

Pedestrians will be walked across the bridge hourly during the closures.

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