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City briefing: Traffic badly snarled

Traffic is already increadibly backed up, and it'll be worse around noon today, as the city closes part of 18th Street to allow critical equipment through.

First Street North is already closed Friday morning, as the rising Assiniboine River covers the street between Dinsdale Park and the Optimist Soccer Park. It's closed between Pacific Avenue and Kirkcaldy Drive.

Grand Valley Road is also closed, at Kirkcaldy Drive, and is being sealed with a dike that should be complete around noon today.

After that, however, city officials will also close portions of 18th Street and 18th Street North, as police escort cement trucks from about Victoria Avenue to Kirkcaldy Drive. The closure should last less than an hour, the city hopes, but during that time, there will be no way for normal traffic to cross the river in Brandon.

Meanwhile, Victoria Avenue in Brandon remains closed for construction from about 10th Street to 18th Street, meaning east-west traffic is also being diverted. The city says that drivers should try to take Rosser Avenue and Princess Avenue through downtown, and ask them to avoid Pacific Avenue. A three-way stop has been set up at the Eighth Street bridge.

Transit has added a bus to the North Hill route. However, because of delays, passengers are asked to watch for the buses and drivers will be watching for passengers.

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