Winnipeg's Disraeli Freeway overpass will be demolished this weekend.

The full structure is actually made up of two humps — an overpass that goes above a part of North Point Douglas and a bridge that cross the Red River.

It is the overpass that is coming down, or at least a section of it near Higgins Avenue.

The new overpass built adjacent to the old one is ready to be opened to traffic. It will temporarily be linked to the existing bridge until that part is replaced.

  • All lanes and sidewalks on Higgins Avenue will be closed from Gomez Street to Argyle Street starting Friday at 7 p.m. and opening Monday at 6 a.m.
  • As for Winnipeg Transit, Route 44 (Grey) and 47 (Transcona) buses will be diverted via Main Street, Euclid Avenue, Sutherland Avenue, Annabella Street, Higgins Avenue and the Louise Bridge in both directions during the closure.

The new river crossing portion of the bridge is still under construction.

The provincial and municipal governments are spending $195 million to replace the dual spans bridge, originally built in 1959-1960.

Construction on the new structure began in January 2011.

When completed, it will have a lifespan of 75 years.

Timeline

  • October 2009: Province and city agree to spend $195 million to replace the dual span structure.
  • January 2011: Start of bridge construction over river.
  • March 2011: Start of construction of overpass across CP Rail mainline.
  • July 2012: New overpass opens
  • Late 2012: Entire structure opens to traffic. Begin construction of active transportation (pedestrian) bridge.
  • August 2013: Active transportation bridge opens and landscaping completed.

For more information about the Disraeli Bridges Project, call 311 or visit Winnipeg.ca and click on the Disraeli Bridges icon.

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An artist's drawing of the new Disraeli traffic and pedestrian bridges. (winnipeg.ca)