By Sarah Klein
Work to rebuild a large portion of the PTH 23 bridge over the Red River in Morris, Manitoba is now complete.
The province undertook the $32 million upgrade to extend the life of the structure by another 40 years. It was originally constructed on the east side of the town in 1968.
“When upgrades to the approach roads to the bridge are completed next summer, PTH 23 will be higher near the dike so it will no longer be necessary to temporarily raise the road during larger floods,” said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.
Work included a bridge deck replacement with a new system of precast concrete deck panels and the steel girders have been strengthened. The riverbank slopes were also stabilized to prevent further movement and stress on the bridge piers.