Winnipeg motorists will be able to use the Disraeli Bridge again on Monday morning, after construction work kept the span closed all weekend.
The northbound and southbound lanes of the bridge were closed to vehicles at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, but all lanes are expected to reopen at 6 a.m. on Monday.
Disraeli Bridge Project
The closure has caused a brief delay for drivers coming from Elmwood, who have had to turn right onto Hespeler Avenue from Henderson Highway and cross the Redwood Bridge in order to go downtown.
The City of Winnipeg is in the process of replacing the dual-span structure, which was originally built in 1959-60. Construction on the new structure began in January 2011.
Crews spent this weekend pouring concrete onto the new bridge, as well as beginning work on a pedestrian overpass.
"The site's a mess and it's very confusing for drivers," said Tammy Ernst, who lives in the area.
"People are just crazy. Like, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, you hear people screaming on the front of your street, like they're ready to kill each other."
But Ron Blatz, who also lives near the construction area, says the construction-related closure does not bother him.
"On the weekends I can live with this little inconvenience, because I know it could have been a lot worse, and I really think they've done their best to minimize that and keep us going to work," he said.
"It's a little longer than usual. It's not Vancouver, it's not Toronto, so we're still good."