The tentative date for the closure of the 10th Street Bridge in Owen Sound is just over four weeks out.
The city's director of public works and engineering Dennis Kefalas told city councillors at Monday's meeting the contractor for the project -- Looby Builders (Dublin) Limited -- has indicated it will close 10th Street near the bridge Sept. 25 to begin work to be completed before the replacement commences.
It is expected to take 15 months for the new 10th Street Bridge to be substantially complete and re-opened to all traffic.
"Based on the contractor's construction schedule, the bridge will be up and running by the third week of December 2020," Kefalas says.
The $8.68-million project must be complete by March 2021 for the city to maintain eligibility for a $3-million Connecting Links grant from the province.
Kefalas says preliminary work will commence after Labour Day with the installation of signage approaching the city. Line painting on the detour route is expected to begin within one or two weeks prior to the bridge closure, Kefalas notes, to allow drivers to become familiar with lanes on the detour route.
The detour route in the city during the 10th Street bridge closure relies heavily on 8th Street and 9th Street, while utilizing 2nd Avenue West and 3rd Avenue East to re-route traffic away from and back to 10th Street. It will also see the elimination of a number of parking spots downtown to accommodate extra lanes.
According to a past Bayshore Broadcasting report, an estimated 20,000 vehicles cross the 10th Street Bridge daily. It serves as the primary link between Highway 6 and Highway 21.