COLIN CORNEAU / BRANDON SUN
Construction work was underway on the bridge over the Assiniboine River on the TransCanada Highway near Grand Valley Road, in June. But high water on the river has forced the work's suspension.
Construction on the Trans-Canada Highway bridge over the Assiniboine River near Grand Valley Road has been delayed because of high water in the river channel, a Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation spokesman wrote in an email.
The spokesman wrote that a significant amount of work has already been done by the contractor and that the finishing work could not be safely completed because of the Assiniboine River’s high water level.
"The river is currently five feet over the cofferdam that was installed by the contractor," the spokesman wrote. "Infrastructure and Transportation continues to work with the contractor to explore options for working within the cofferdam while water levels remain high."
The spokesman wrote the westbound bridge will now be closed for the summer and will re-open in the early fall, depending on water levels and how quickly work can be completed safely.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 18, 2012