TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN
Traffic barricades continue to block traffic along Assiniboine Avenue after a garbage truck struck a crossbeam under the Eighth Street Bridge. Repairs have been estimated to cost about $40,000 and will take a a few weeks.
It will cost roughly $40,000 to fix the damage on the underside of the Eighth Street bridge, according to the city’s deputy director of engineering.
The bridge has been closed since Jan. 14 after a private garbage truck struck the structure, causing damage to its lateral supports.
"The damage did impact some of the structural ability of the bridge to support load, hence why the bridge is still closed to this day," Pulak said.
The city received preliminary plans from Dillon Consulting on how it intends to proceed with repairs.
"We need to return the bridge to service and we asked them to use materials that are readily available," Pulak said. "We don’t need to have any customized solution, so ... they’ve come up with the solution. I think it’s fairly straightforward."
The cost estimate provided to the city Friday afternoon was $40,000 plus or minus 15 per cent.
The city will now work with the material supplier and its structural engineer to determine a start date for repair work. Pulak said they hope to begin the work late next week.
If everything goes well, Pulak said the bridge could be open to traffic within a few weeks.
The city is taking steps to recover the cost of the repair.
"Whether or not that’s covered under MPI, I’m not sure, but we need to have that discussion," Pulak said. "Certainly we don’t see this as being covered by the taxpayers."
The driver of the garbage truck faces charges under the Highway Traffic Act for disobeying a traffic control device. Police say the vehicle was taller than the posted clearance under the bridge. According to the province, that ticket comes with a $203.80 fine.
The one lateral support that took the brunt of the damage will be removed and replaced with a steel beam, slightly above where the old lateral support was, Pulak said.
The bridge remains closed to vehicle traffic, but open to pedestrians.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 1, 2014