Drivers on 1st street will have noticed on Monday that new work has begun on the 1st street bridges, with signage setup on-site advising motorists to expect delays as part of completion of the city's newest spans. Beginning Monday the normally Northbound East bridge span is closed with all traffic being routed across the Western-most bridge, a single lane in each direction.
In response to an inquiry on the work being carried out, a spokesperson from the province has advised that work on the East bridge is expected to last for approximately two weeks. Following that, efforts will switch to the West bridge meaning that traffic will be changed to the East bridge.
Work is to include three components:
- waterproofing and then asphalt paving of both bridge decks (construction on the decks in 2018 had been completed up to the point of these items being required)
- a tie-in of Pacific Avenue to 1st street including a left-turn lane off of 1st onto Pacific
- site remediation on 1st street in lieu of detours that had been setup for bridge construction
An aerial view of the bridge spans during Spring of 2019
Traffic-flow between the North Hill and remainder of the city had been a frequent topic of local interest on this website during initial construction on the bridges between 2016 and 2018 when a similar single lane in each direction had been in place. That could be the case once again albeit over a much shorter term this time around with the Daly Overpass likely to take on more of the load as some drivers adjust their routes.
All-told, the spokesperson shared that work is tentatively expected to be finished by the end of October.
Updated: Sept. 11, 1:02pm. Updated info on Pacific connection