If the Arlington Bridge is part of your daily commute, your life is about to change. The City of Winnipeg has closed the 121-year-old bridge indefinitely, saying it is unsafe.
Starting today, all traffic — vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians — will have to detour through the McPhillips Street underpa*s or the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge on Salter Street.
Winnipeg also said drivers should use Selkirk Avenue or Notre Dame Avenue during peak hours to avoid traffic jams on Logan Avenue and Dufferin Avenue.
Earlier this year, the city commissioned a study to see what can be done now that steel corrosion has become so widespread that regular annual maintenance won’t be enough.
The study continues to see if there is a way to keep the bridge operational in the long term. Until this study is completed, the Arlington Bridge is closed and some necessary repairs will be made to it to ensure the safety of people and property in the rail yards below.
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In 2016, Winnipeg said engineers had identified the bridge as nearing the end of its lifespan.
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