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District of Saanich closes Durrance Road bridge for emergency repairs

Bridge is slated for replacement in 2022
The District of Saanich is performing emergency repairs on the Durrance Road bridge Jan. 8 and 9 from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Google Maps)

The Durrance Road bridge will be open only to alternating one-way traffic until 2022, according to the District of Saanich.

That change comes after a routine inspection by a structural engineer found “issues that needed immediate attention.” For safety, steel plates are in place and vehicles over 5,500 kg are restricted.

Short-term emergency repairs are underway to bring the structure back to normal service levels. Those repairs will take place Jan. 8 to 9 from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. If needed, emergency vehicles will still have access through the bridge during that time.

Upon completion, the bridge, located at Wallace Drive and Durrance Road, will be open to alternating, one-way traffic with normal load restrictions.

The District says the bridge is scheduled to be replaced in summer 2022, after which two-traffic will be reinstated.

In 2019, the District of Saanich budgeted $900,000 to design and replace the aging Durrance bridge. Construction was slated for summer 2020, but the project has been pushed forward another two years.

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