New Brunswick

Work to start on Saint John Harbour Bridge

Work on the Harbour Bridge in Saint John, N.B., will begin this week.

Work on the Harbour Bridge in Saint John will begin this week.

New Brunswick Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams made the announcement Wednesday morning.

Williams said the province has come to an agreement with the contractor to begin work on the eastbound lanes.

That work will extend into the 2012 construction season.

A tender call will also go out by the end of June to remove the toll plaza, with work expected to begin by mid-July.

The federal and provincial governments signed an agreement last fall to turn the aging bridge over to the New Brunswick government.

The federal government agreed to help repair the 40-year-old structure and forgave the Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority's $22 million outstanding debt.

The deal was contingent on removing the bridge's 50-cent toll.