Repairs will close Keith Wilson Bridge for just under a month

The Keith Wilson Bridge is about to undergo a major repair because of settlement and cracking issues on the bridge deck — among other problems.

The Keith Wilson Bridge is about to undergo a major repair because of settlement and cracking issues on the bridge deck — among other problems.

The construction and repair work is set to start on Aug. 2, according to Rod Sanderson, manager of transportation and drainage for City of Chilliwack.

The approach asphalt has also deteriorated, and there’s underside damage to concrete bulkheads at the steel girder ends.

Abutment walls will have to be excavated and rebuilt at both ends.

As a result Keith Wilson Road and the bridge will be closed at the Vedder Canal for about a month until Aug. 30.

City officials are recommending alternate routes for motorists including using Highway 1 or Yarrow during the bridge closure. Find more details at www.chilliwack.com

The bridge repair was designed by Morrison Hershfield Ltd. and features new concrete retaining walls at the bridge ends and a new expansion joint.

The tender for the Keith Wilson Bridge Abutment Rehabilitation project went to Coquitlam Ridge Constuctors in the amount of $234,364, and the funding is contained in the 2011 budget for the work.

The bridge is expected to be re-opened prior to the start of the school year in September.

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