WINNIPEG – The Government of Manitoba has announced construction of a replacement bridge on Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 59 over the Red River Floodway will be completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
The anticipated project cost is just over $50 million, which is $16 million under the project budget of just over $66 million, provincial Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk said in a statement.
“I am pleased to announce that construction on the southbound bridge is nearing completion, approximately eight weeks ahead of schedule and well within the project budget,” said Piwniuk. “This new bridge will ensure people and goods can continue to move safely along this important trade corridor that connects Winnipeg to other areas in Manitoba.”
Work on Oasis Road, the Oasis Road underpass and the Springhill Drive service road extension are on schedule to be completed by the end of October. Final channel excavation in the floodway will occur this winter, while final cleanup and remaining work is expected to be completed next summer.
The previous bridge, built in 1964, has reached the end of its service life and after evaluating damage sustained after being hit by an over-height vehicle in July 2018, construction proceeded with new northbound and southbound bridges which were deemed more cost-efficient than rehabilitating the bridge.
Construction of the new bridge began in 2020.