Demolition of Traffic Bridge to begin
The Nutana side of Saskatoon's oldest bridge is coming down.
Demolition of a pedestrian ramp on the south side - that's the Rotary Park side - will start Monday.
The city needs to remove the ramp so it can begin load testing the piers. The results will help with the future design of a new Traffic Bridge. Work on removing the ramp should be completed by June 1. Pier testing is set to start late next month.
The historic span was shut down in 2010 after it was deemed unsafe because of severe corrosion. The city has since been trying to secure funding from senior levels of government for a new bridge. To date, neither the provincial or federal governments have come through.
Built in October of 1907, the Traffic Bridge is Saskatoon's oldest span -- in fact, it was the city's only bridge until 1916, when the University Bridge was built.