Construction begins 16 Avenue NE / Barlow Trail bridge

The bridge on 16 Avenue over Barlow Trail N.E. SIMRANDEEP KAUR / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

The facelift began for a busy bridge over Barlow Trail began last week.

The bridge is more than 40-years-old and was in need of structural repairs.

“The condition of this bridge was deteriorated due to age, and it warrants lifecycle work,” said Chris McGeachy, the spokesperson for the City of Calgary roads.

The bridge on 16 Avenue over Barlow Trail was built in 1978, but it had not undergone major rehabilitation.

The City performs routine inspections on all bridges around Calgary. He said this one would be deemed to require maintenance.

Traffic management and impact on businesses

During the construction, the businesses will remain open in this area.

“Businesses and residents in the area have been informed of the impacts,” he said.

People can find information on traffic staging and schedule online.

McGeachy said speed would be limited through the construction zone, and the lanes will be shifted.

There is two-way traffic set up on the other side of the bridge during the construction.

Details of the project

People can look forward to an easy ride once this project is completed.

He said the scope of work is to do rehabilitation on the bridge structure.

It will include:

  • New concrete barrier.
  • Replacement of expansion joints.
  • Repairs to girders, deck, and wing walls.
  • New concrete overlay.

“We do remind people that they are able to use alternate routes and can expect delays in the areas,” he said.

The $5 million project is expected to complete in October 2021.

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