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NB News: Construction of a temporary bridge to alleviate the road closure

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Motorists in the Sackville and Dorchester, NB area received good news on Friday.

A temporary bridge will be built on Route 106, the main road connecting the two communities.

This route was closed on April 1 after heavy rains in late March damaged a culvert.

In a Facebook post, Tantramar Mayor Andrew Black said the Department of Transport and Infrastructure (DTI) will construct a Bailey Bridge on one side of the washed-out section of the road.

Black said the process consists of several steps.

“Consultant design work, shipping the bridge parts and then labor and placement,” Black explained in his post Friday.

Black said the tentative start date is May 28, and the project is expected to take four to five weeks. The tentative end date is July 2.

“It should be noted that this is a single-lane bridge, but the road remains open,” Black said.

Black said both he and Tantramar-Memramcook MP Megan Mitton had pushed for a temporary solution.

“Now we have a firm date to hold the DTI accountable: a road that can be opened just before the busiest time of the tourism season, and the bridge will remain open while reconstruction of the road begins when the DTI is ready to do so in mid-September,” Black said.

In May, Mitton told CTV News that the road closure and nearby detour route were causing major concerns.

“It's closed for the foreseeable future. It's inconvenient for travelers. There are safety concerns. I think there are concerns about the upcoming tourism season,” Mitton said on May 6. “That's a priority.”

According to NB 511, the province's website that informs motorists about traffic and construction projects, the repair work is expected to be completed on September 3.