The Durrance Road bridge will be open only to alternating one-way traffic until 2022, according to the District of Saanich.
That change comes after a routine inspection by a structural engineer found “issues that needed immediate attention.” For safety, steel plates are in place and vehicles over 5,500 kg are restricted.
Short-term emergency repairs are underway to bring the structure back to normal service levels. Those repairs will take place Jan. 8 to 9 from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. If needed, emergency vehicles will still have access through the bridge during that time.
Upon completion, the bridge, located at Wallace Drive and Durrance Road, will be open to alternating, one-way traffic with normal load restrictions.
The District says the bridge is scheduled to be replaced in summer 2022, after which two-traffic will be reinstated.
In 2019, the District of Saanich budgeted $900,000 to design and replace the aging Durrance bridge. Construction was slated for summer 2020, but the project has been pushed forward another two years.
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