By Lindsay Briscoe
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has announced construction is set to begin on the Bug River Bridge on Highway 105 just south of Red Lake by mid May.
“Our investment in the Northern Highways Program ensures that vital transportation links are expanded and improved for local residents, visitors and industries,” says Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development and Mines. “The project will see the creation of about 40 new local jobs as we work to improve safety and provide better road conditions in the Red Lake area.”
The project will involve replacing the existing structure with pre-cast concrete box girders, along with grading and paving work at the approach of the structures. Facca Incorporated, based in Windsor, ON, was awarded the $4.4 million contract.
During construction, traffic will be down to a single lane controlled by temporary traffic signals, says Annemarie Piscopo of the Ministry of Transportation.
“Delays through the construction zone will be in the order of 10 minutes. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) reminds road users to obey construction signs and flag persons through construction zones, for the safety of both workers and drivers,” she adds.
Major highway construction reports are available by calling the MTO road information line: 1-800-268-4686.
The project is expected to be complete by fall 2013.