Flood-Damaged Bridge to Close West of Brandon

The westbound lanes of the Grand Valley Bridge will close for repairs, which could take roughly four months. The damage was caused by last year's flood. The photo above shows the bridge during the height of the flood on May 9, 2011. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

The province will close the westbound Grand Valley Bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway over the Assiniboine River this afternoon.

The closure of the bridge just west of Brandon is needed to accommodate major repairs of damage caused by the 2011 flood. Water has taken away rock and supporting material under the westbound bridge’s support system. Repairs of what’s called “scour” are expected to last up to four months.

During the closure, westbound traffic will be rerouted to the adjoining eastbound bridge, with one lane in each direction.

Reduced speed and marked signs will be in place throughout the construction zone during the repair period.

The bridge will close at 3 p.m.