A downtown Nanaimo bridge will be closed to vehicles for nearly a month starting next week.
The City of Nanaimo said in a release today that the Bastion Street Bridge, which connects the city’s downtown with its Old City Quarter neighbourhood, will be closed to vehicle traffic from June 8 until June 26.
The closure, according to the city, is being done in order to allow construction crews to repair an issue with the bridge’s deck joints.
Pedestrian access across the bridge will still be allowed, while a detour for vehicle traffic will be put in place.
Extensive upgrades to the Bastion Street Bridge, including seismic retrofitting, resurfacing, new way-finding signage, and back-lit coloured panels between piers, resulted in the bridge being closed to vehicle traffic last year.
“The amount of work to be completed is much less compared to all the work done on the bridge and below the bridge deck last year so we can expect the road to reopen by the end of June. The city would like to thank the public for their patience while the bridge is closed,” Phil Stewart, the city’s manager of engineering projects, said in the release.