There is going to be a bit of a traffic bottleneck in Drumheller this weekend.
An advisory from the Town of Drumheller says crews hired by Alberta Transportation will be testing the Gordon Taylor Bridge as part of an ongoing maintenance program. Expect one lane or the other to be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting for about eight hours.
"The information that we have received from the consultant is that there will be testing on the concrete deck coming Saturday, and there will be some traffic alteration," outlined Armia Mikhaiel, the town's Director of Infrastructure Services. "This testing is a kind of preparation for the rehabilitation process that will take place in 2019."
"It's scheduled for 2019 by Alberta Transportation for rehabilitation and the reason for this work coming Saturday is to do some testing to decide what is the next stage."
Mikhaiel doesn't think anyone should be pressing the panic button or assuming there is something wrong with the bridge, but rather is a part of the department's ongoing bridge maintenance program.
"Alberta Transportation, with the amount of bridges they own, there has to be a schedule, I believe, for testing and checking that they are in a good condition, or if there is some sort of preventive maintenance that has to be done on a certain schedule," he explained.
Mikhaiel notes the Gordon Taylor Bridge is the only one over the Red Deer River in Drumheller, so he understands it's important to make sure it stays sound.