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Highway 5 bridge at Runnymede reopens after 22 months

The $7.9 million project to replace the bridge took roughly a year longer than anticipated.

RUNNYMEDE — Highway 5 at Runnymede, where there was construction over a Canadian National Railway bridge, was reopened on Nov. 14, around 22 months since the project began.

The $7.9 million project to replace the bridge over the railway began in February 2021, said information from the Ministry of Highways. Completion took roughly a year longer than anticipated because of contractor issues that included delays obtaining some construction materials.

Work shut down temporarily for winter in October 2021 and resumed last May, the information said.

The bridge is now open to traffic, it said. There are some minor finishing details that were not completed because of the onset of cold weather, it said. None of those will have any impact on traffic safety. The contractor will return next spring to finish them.

Westridge Construction of Regina was the contractor on this project, it said. In addition to the 26-metre bridge, crews also repaired several hundred metres of highway at the two ends approaching the bridge.

“We are grateful to the people of the area for their patience while we completed this important project,” the information said.

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