Timeline Set For 8th Street Bridge Demolition

December 20, 2016


Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Engineering Services Department wishes to update the public that demolition of the 8th Street Bridge structure is currently anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2017. City administration intend to advertise a tender for the project in January 2017, through which it will be seeking bids from qualified contractors for the specialized demolition of the bridge structure. It is anticipated that once a tender is awarded, demolition of the bridge structure may start as early as March 2017.

Pedestrians currently accessing the bridge as a north-south connection to the City’s downtown should be aware that in the days prior to the start of demolition, the entire bridge and its immediate vicinity will be deemed a construction site and therefore, public access to the bridge will no longer be permitted. Barricades and construction fencing will be erected in the area and the public will be notified of any associated detours.

To that end, the City is currently exploring transportation alternatives that could be made available to impacted pedestrians for the duration of the bridge deconstruction to ensure safe north-south access in the area of the bridge is maintained. However, the City would also ask all pedestrians who access the bridge in their daily travel to begin planning alternate routes of travel, as north-south pedestrian access in the area of the bridge will no longer exist following the bridge’s demolition.  Officials with Canadian Pacific Railway have also indicated their intent to increase surveillance in the area to ensure pedestrians are not unlawfully crossing its track system in the area.

In concert with the bridge’s demolition, the City of Brandon has retained Winnipeg-based Dillon Consulting Ltd. to provide conceptual designs for a possible future active transportation/pedestrian connection in the vicinity of 8th Street to serve as a continued north-south corridor. It is anticipated those designs will be presented to Brandon City Council for consideration in the April 2017.

The City of Brandon asks all members of the public for continued patience and cooperation as it proceeds with the demolition of the decommissioned bridge structure in a safe and responsible manner. For more information, contact the City of Brandon Engineering Department at 204-729-2214.