Last span placed on St. Louis Bridge

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The new St. Louis Bridge is one step closer to completion after construction workers connected the last span on the bridge on Tuesday.

“Generally speaking, that type of work is done during the winter,” Highway ministry spokesperson Joel Cherry told the Herald on March 6.  “The frozen river gives you a platform to work off of.”

Construction on the $30-million bridge began in the spring of 2011 and should be completed sometime this year.  The new bridge will allow semi-trucks to haul the heaviest weights allowable along Highway 2, something they couldn’t do with the old bridge.

“The (old) bridge is 100 years old and it wasn’t built to the same standards, so it couldn’t sustain the heavy traffic that the rest of Highway 2 can,” Cherry said.  “Once the new bridge is built, it is kind of the last piece in a puzzle.”

The new bridge is located 1.6 km east of the old bridge.  The site was chosen in 2001 after meetings with residents in the village and surrounding area.

Organizations: Highway ministry

Geographic location: St. Louis Bridge

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