Seal Island Bridge Reconstruction Project Resumes

Department of Transportation and Public Works (to Oct. 23 2007)

April 30, 2002 12:29 PM

Starting Wednesday, traffic on the Seal Island Bridge will be
restricted to one lane as the second phase of a three-year
project to rebuild the bridge deck gets under way.

Work will continue until Oct. 15, with traffic controlled by
signal lights. Bridge users can expect delays of five to 10
minutes most of the time.

The bridge will remain open throughout construction, except for
occasional half-hour closures late in the evening or overnight
while pre-cast panels are placed on the bridge. On those
occasions, motorists can expect delays of up to 30 minutes.

In addition, there may be a few overnight closures from midnight
to 6 a.m. The bridge reconstruction team will announce these in
advance.

Throughout construction, trucks wider than 3.2 metres will be
unable to use the bridge. Truckers can get detailed information
about load limits from the weigh station at Auld's Cove or by
calling 902-747-2004.

The toll-free Seal Island Bridge Info Line, which gives motorists
round-the-clock access to information about bridge closings and
delays, alternative routes and trucking limits, will be in
operation by the end of the week.

Workers will be on the bridge throughout the project. To ensure
their safety, motorists should observe speed limits and traffic
signals.

Contingency plans are in place to accommodate emergency vehicles
during bridge closures.

Allsteel Coatings of Port Hastings won the contract for the $4.8-
million second phase. Phase One was completed last November. The
overall cost of the bridge deck reconstruction is $13 million.

Built in 1962, the Seal Island Bridge spans the Great Bras d'Or
Channel on Trans-Canada Highway 105, in one of Nova Scotia's most
challenging highway environments. Four decades of wear, tear and
salt spray have taken their toll, creating a need for a new deck.
Engineers have thoroughly inspected the rest of the bridge
structure and found it to be sound and safe.

The project will result in wider vehicle lanes, new curbs and a
modern railing.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Traffic on the Seal Island Bridge will be cut to one lane

Wednesday as a three-year project to replace the bridge deck

resumes.

     Work will continue until October 15, with traffic controlled

by signal lights. Motorists can expect delays of five to 10

minutes most of the time.

     The bridge will remain open throughout construction except

for occasional half-hour closures at night.

     Allsteel Coatings of Port Hastings won the five-million-

dollar contract for the second phase. Phase One was completed

last November. Overall cost of the bridge reconstruction is 13

-million dollars.

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Contact: Ronald Keough
         Kempt Head Institute
         902-562-8839
         E-mail: rkeough@mac.com

         Richard Perry
         Transportation and Public Works
         902-424-8978
         E-mail: perryrg@gov.ns.ca

kjd         April 30, 2002      12:25 P.M.