A long awaited replacement of the bridge that crosses the Red Deer River west of Morrin is underway, although the end is not yet in sight.
 
"The contractor is working on the west pier and abutment and some east side slope stabilization," outlined Alberta Transportation spokesman Bob McManus.
 
The old bridge has been standing since the 1950's. Two years ago, the department decided to construct a new one just to the north of the existing bridge.
 
"The fall of 2020," responded McManus when asked the timeline to open the new bridge. "Bridge construction is complex and it takes time."
 
When finished, the span will be 140 metres long with a 12 metre wide roadway. That's more than 4.5 metres wider than the old bridge. It will not have overhead trusses, which means no height restrictions for farmers and others hauling tall loads.
 
The estimated cost of the new bridge, along with demolition of the existing one, is $20.4 million and McManus says it is on time and on budget.
 
"It is nice to see it coming along and, of course, as the weather improves, the work will proceed even faster."
 
In the meantime, drivers are reminded to watch for signs and flag people during construction and to check 511Alberta for traffic information and updates.
 

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