Permanent repairs to the concrete at the north end of the Taylor Bridge are expected to start Tuesday night.
Emergency repairs were made last week after it was discovered Sept. 3 the concrete at the north end abutment of the bridge was damaged and forming a pothole during a patrol by maintenance contractors. Those repairs have been shielded with a steel plate, with the speed limit over the bridge reduced to 30 kilometres until the repairs are completed.
"Permanent repairs to the damaged concrete are scheduled for this week, weather dependent," a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation said. "Work is planned for off peak hours. However, drivers are still encouraged to check DriveBC for updates."
Dawson Road Maintenance will start the repairs Tuesday night, alongside a welding program that will run weekday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. until mid-October. The concrete repairs are targeted to be finished by the end of the week.
The company says it is conducting regular patrols and inspections of the bridge to ensure its safety.
The ministry says there are no load restrictions over the bridge, and is accommodating oversized loads with additional permitting.
However, some business owners say loads over 64,000 kilograms aren't allowed to cross the bridge and are being rerouted for the time being. That would include any truck hauling heavy equipment, gas plant components, or drilling rig parts.
There are few options to bypass Taylor, including through Rolla and Clayhurst. However, the road switchbacks up the single-lane Golatta Creek Road into Goodlow and Cecil Lake. Another option is to come in from Alberta through Highway 64 and the Cecil Lake Road.
The Hudson's Hope bridge is only rated for legal axle weights and 64,000 kg loads.
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