People won’t be able to use Lessard Bridge again until at least next March. The Municipal District of Bonnyville says environmental approvals have pushed back the release of the tender for its repairs.
The bridge on Range Road 52 was closed in April 2018 when flooding damaging its piles. Four of the six pillars on the west side of the bridge are no longer holding up the structure, and it is deemed too dangerous to travel on.
It’s now expected that the tender will go out by the first week of November and that a contract will be awarded by the end of that month. Construction itself should then take until the end of February 2019. It was originally hoped to happened by the end of December 2018.
“This timeline is dependent on the ability to build an ice berm, and providing all the environmental approvals are completed,” the MD says.