By David Klassen
Work on the continued rehabilitation of the Osborne Street Bridge is now underway. Did you think Winnipeg could dodge construction season any longer?
The city began work on the western portion of the bridge on Friday, including the west sidewalk. Both parts are now closed to vehicle traffic and pedestrians.
Three traffic lanes (one lane in each direction and a switchover lane to accommodate peak traffic times) will be open on the east side. The east sidewalk will be available to pedestrians. Construction will also include road rehabilitation on Osborne from River Avenue to Broadway.
The under-bridge pedestrian path connecting the east and west sidewalks will be open as river levels allow. If sidewalks becoming impassable, pedestrians and cyclists can cross at Broadway. A signal-controlled pedestrian and cyclist crossing will be provided just north of the bridge when construction is complete.
The rehabilitation of the western portion of the bridge is scheduled to be finished by late this summer.