Chris Prince walks his bicycle up the Daly Overpass as the northbound lanes of 18th Street are immobilized by traffic backed up by roadwork, Wednesday afternoon. (COLIN CORNEAU / BRANDON SUN)
Expect long delays at the Thompson Bridge on 18th Street for perhaps another day or two as construction crews rebuild the sinking approaches for the structure.
"The bridge itself is perfect," said Herb Mahood, the director of regional operations with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation. "It’s fine. But the approaches are sitting on wet sand. It’s like building something on a wet sponge."
Work crews hired by the province are levelling off the pavement along the roadways to smooth out the drive for motorists. Once it’s completed, Mahood says the bump will be much less noticeable.
Eventually the approaches will stabilize, he says, but in the meantime the province wants to ensure driver safety while crossing the bridge.
"We can expect this to happen every few years."
Crews began work on Tuesday, and Mahood says it will take a total of at least three or four days to complete.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 28, 2014