What’s the status on the Hwy. 88 bridge projects? We got hold of a fellow in the Alberta Transportation bridge department, who told us Phase I of the job is finished. That was the clean-up and setting up the detours. Contrary to the original idea, the bridges won’t be completely fabricated off-site. That was what we reported sometime last summer, along with the optimistic forecast that the new bridges would be in place before the end of the year.
Somewhere along the line the plan was changed. The support girders will be made in a shop somewhere. They, along with other components, will be trucked to the site and the bridges will be assembled in place. That will be the job of a separate contractor, which as of last week had not been engaged. The official said the job was pretty much ready to go to tender, and he hoped it would be awarded this month. Maintenance of the detours is the responsibility of the highway maintenance contractor.
“We’re trying to stay on top of it,” he said. “Things can change quite rapidly.”