The bridge that crosses the Red River Floodway on Highway 59 is receiving a major overhaul.
The Manitoba government says work is already underway to construct a new bridge on the roadway, which leads to Birds Hill Provincial Park, Grand Beach and other destinations north of Winnipeg.
“We have determined a cost-effective solution to replace the existing bridge and we look forward to consulting with Manitobans on this exciting project,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.
The current bridge was built in 1964 and has reached the end of its life, according to the province. It was also damaged during a vehicle collision last summer.
North and southbound bridges will be built to replace the existing structure and some roadway realignments will take place. The existing bridge will remain open during construction.
Construction is set to begin in fall 2020, with work scheduled to be completed by November 2023.
A public information session on the project will be held on May 22 at the East St. Paul Curling Club, 260 Hoddinot Road in East St. Paul.
Work will be staged to accommodate the operation of the Red River Floodway.
Watch a replay from Thursday’s press conference announcing the project: