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Demolition Process Confirmed For Brandon’s 8th Street Bridge


March 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – Demolition of Brandon’s decommissioned 8th Street Bridge will move forward this spring following Brandon City Council’s recent approval of a bid by Shawn Anderson Demolition & Construction Ltd. to dismantle the age-expired structure.

As per a decision of Brandon City Council at its March 6th regular meeting, demolition of the bridge is anticipated to begin in late-April and is to be completed no later than October of 2017. The entire project budget of approximately $825,000, which includes project management, site supervision by CP Rail, removal of streetlights by Manitoba Hydro, engineering, and contingency, is to be funded from the City of Brandon’s 8th Street Bridge Reserve Fund.

City of Brandon Director of Engineering Services and Water Resources Patrick Pulak says administration now will meet with Shawn Anderson Demolition & Construction Ltd. in the coming weeks to determine specific timelines for the project and finalize any associated traffic detours, and then communicate this information to impacted users.

“Though the 8th Street Bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic for some time, there are a number of stakeholders - particularly property owners in the immediate vicinity, pedestrians who may use the bridge to access the City’s downtown, and motorists who regularly travel in the area of the bridge - who will be impacted by the demolition process,“ Pulak says. “Once a demolition plan is in place, we are committed to communicating regularly with these stakeholders and the public at-large to ensure the entire process can move forward in a safe and expedient manner.”

Pulak notes that alternative options for pedestrians who rely on the current bridge structure to access the downtown transit mall are being discussed with Brandon Transit officials and will be communicated with users once finalized. The City of Brandon is also working with Winnipeg-based Dillon Consulting to develop a conceptual design for a future pedestrian/active transportation corridor to replace the bridge structure.

“What we’d like to see is an initial community ‘visioning’ open house later this spring where we present examples of successful pedestrian/active transportation bridges in other jurisdictions across North America and then gauge community feedback on those concepts,” Pulak adds. “From there, we’ll refine our options and present them to the community for further feedback later this summer before providing a recommendation to City Council for final consideration.”

The community is encouraged to visit Brandon.ca regularly through 2017 for updates on the 8th Street Bridge Demolition Project and the Brandon Pedestrian/Active Transportation Bridge Plan.


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