August 19, 2013
Repairs begin on damaged Fort Mac bridge
Repair work has started on the Hospital Street Bridge in Fort McMurray, after a hit and run by a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load damaged the structure on New Year's Eve this year.
Overnight repair work which began on Aug. 13 includes repairs to the concrete girders, crack sealing, patching and related bridge and structural restoration.
Work will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily to minimize disruptions to commuter traffic and ensure worker safety.
Emergency vehicles and over dimensional vehicles will be accommodated through the work zone.
An uninterrupted flow of traffic will be maintained through lights at the Hospital Street ramp.
According to Wood Buffalo RCMP the Hospital Street Bridge was significantly damaged at about 9 p.m. this past New Year’s Eve, when a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load collided with the bridge in a hit and run.
Police received reports that chunks of concrete were falling onto the highway lanes and a preliminary inspection revealed damage to several beams.
The suspect vehicle fled the scene without filing a collision report.
Carillion was hired to undertake an initial structural assessment of the damage and decided to shut down traffic under and over the bridge.
The right westbound lane was closed for the rest of the winter until repair work could be undertaken.
In a similar incident, the Wood Buffalo RCMP reported in March that a large flatbed tractor trailer hauling an oversized piece of machinery collided with the King Street overpass in Fort McMurray.
A suspect vehicle was located by RCMP and the damage to the bridge is less significant than the Hospital Street overpass.
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