Victoria bridge was re-opened to light traffic on Friday

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Officials from the Department of Transportation and Public Works recently completed repairs to the Victoria Bridge, Route 116 in Victoria-By-The-Sea. Crews re-opened the bridge to light traffic Friday, Jan. 23.

Departmental engineers made the decision to initiate temporary repairs on the bridge after consultations with the community.

The community council was very clear that access across the Victoria Bridge be maintained for light traffic, said Transportation Minister Ron MacKinley.

The bridge provides the safest access point into the community, so we felt repairs were necessary to help ensure the safety of drivers.

The temporary repairs allow the bridge to handle light traffic like cars and vans. This will be especially important in the spring and early summer when tourism season gets underway. The full replacement of the bridge structure is tentatively scheduled for mid-to-late August.

The community of Victoria-By-The-Sea depends on tourism over the spring and summer months, adds Minister MacKinley. Thats why we intend to begin construction of a new bridge once the busiest part of the tourist season has passed.

The maximum gross vehicle weight now permitted on the bridge is 6,500 kg, with a maximum axle weight of 4,500 kg.

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Public Works

Geographic location: Victoria

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