WINNIPEG, MAN. — Winnipeg’s St. James industrial area is about to get a major facelift, with construction on the new Dublin Avenue Bridge at Omand’s Creek set to begin Jan. 1.
Workers will replace the nearly 70-year-old wood and concrete bridge that has served the area since 1950. It is currently in poor condition. It was originally built around 1950 and was 24 feet wide. In 1962, it was widened to accommodate four lanes and sidewalks were added on both sides. Through the years, additional work and maintenance has been carried out on the structure.
According to the city, the bridge’s narrow sidewalks and vehicle weight load restrictions means it does not meet current standards.
To facilitate the bridge replacement and surrounding regional road work, Dublin Avenue, from Orange Street to Field Street, will be closed from 12 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2020 through May 2020.
Local access to businesses on Dublin Avenue will be maintained via St. James Street in the area west of the closure, and via Notre Dame Avenue and Midland Street in the area east of the closure.
The overall project includes pavement reconstruction of Dublin Avenue from St. James Street to Midland Street, and pavement rehabilitation of St. James Street from Saskatchewan Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue. Following the reopening of the bridge, work on surrounding roads will continue into September 2020.