These terra cotta balustrades, part of the Albert Street Memorial Bridge in Regina, need some restoration work. ((CBC))

A major facelift to Regina's Albert Street Memorial bridge will take a bit longer to finish because of weather-related delays.

Officials say rainy weather prevented crews from pouring concrete when they expected, putting the project about one week behind schedule.

The bridge sits along one of Regina's busiest streets and the lane reduction to accommodate the work, from four lanes to two, has created some rush hour headaches for drivers.

Crews have reached the halfway point of the job, moving from the east side of the bridge to the west side.

City officials say the project, which began in June, should be complete by mid-October.


Jim Zacaruk, an engineer with Stantec Consulting, is overseeing the restoration of balustrades on Regina's Albert Street Memorial Bridge. ((CBC))

In addition to fixing the bridge deck, repairs are also being done on some of the decorative details of the bridge.

Balustrades, part of the side-rails to the bridge, are being reconditioned.

The terra cotta needs work to fill in bits that have fallen away over the past 80 years.

The tricky part, according to Jim Zacaruk, the engineer overseeing the work, is disguising repaired areas.

"There's a batch of artists who spend long hours matching different colours of paint," Zacaruk, who is with the firm Stantec Consulting Ltd., told CBC News on Tuesday.

The total cost for all the restoration work on the bridge, including the balustrades, is estimated at $5 million.