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Disraeli Bridge Reopens, But Work Still Ongoing

October 19, 2012 2:22 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz speaks at the foot of the Disraeli Bridge on Friday, October 19, 2012 to officially reopen the structure. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

From left to right, Mayor Sam Katz, MP Steven Fletcher, Premier Greg Selinger, and Neil McCrank, VP of Asset Management, Plenary Group, cut the ribbon to reopen the Disraeli Bridge on Friday. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

The Disraeli Bridge was reopened to traffic Friday after an extensive rebuilding.

Dignitaries gathered near eastbound Disraeli and Henry Avenue for an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the project’s completion.

“Rebuilding the Disraeli was a mammoth undertaking, completed on time and on budget,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “With the addition of a bike and pedestrian bridge to be completed next year, the new Disraeli Bridges will move traffic more smoothly and safely than ever before.”

The project’s $195-million price tag was financed, in part, through a public-private partnership (P3) funding arrangement through all three levels of government.

A separate active transportation bridge over the Red River is currently being construction as part of the project’s final phase. The pedestrian bridge, which uses the existing piers from the old Disraeli Bridge structure, is expected to open in the fall of 2013.