The eastbound lane of the Bay Street bridge will be closed for construction starting May 21, 2019. File photo.

The eastbound lane of the Bay Street bridge will be closed for construction starting May 21, 2019. File photo.

The eastbound lane of the Bay Street (Point Ellice) bridge will be closed starting May 21 after 9 a.m. until approximately the end of October as upgrades are completed on the bridge.

The $6.1-million construction project includes repairs to the concrete deck, rust protection of the steel, resurfacing the bridge deck and stripping and painting the steel on the underside of the bridge.

On the bridge, pedestrian and wheelchair access will be open at all times. Eastbound cyclists will have to dismount and walk their bikes across with pedestrians. Pedestrians and cyclists using the Galloping Goose

The city said there will be traffic signal changes at the adjacent Johnson Street Bridge to accommodate the extra traffic as drivers take alternate routes. There will be local access adjacent to the Bay Street bridge to businesses and homes in the area.

BC Transit has already started rerouting bus service in the Bay Street bridge area and emergency services have been consulted. The city said full bridge closures are not planned but could happen on”rare occasions” during the project.

 

 

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