This month, Roads will begin preparation work for the removal and rehabilitation of the McKnight Boulevard pedestrian bridge.
Our crews will mobilize on site the week of April 18 with plans to close the bridge during the week of April 25. Then, on the weekend of May 14, we will be removing the bridge from the site and sending it to a shop for repairs. We expect the rehabilitation work to be complete and the bridge reinstalled in October 2022.
The pedestrian bridge crosses McKnight Boulevard at Centre A Street and provides an above-ground pedestrian route from the Thorncliffe green space on the north side of McKnight Boulevard to the Foundations for Future Charter Academy Middle School on the south.
Once the bridge is closed, pedestrians will need to use the existing at-grade crossing at McKnight Boulevard and Centre Street North intersection. The Foundations for Future Charter Academy Middle School has been made aware of that and engaged on this project. They are both excited that the bridge is being rehabilitated and that students will have an opportunity to choose its new paint colors.
In terms of vehicle traffic, there will be little impact with the exception of full closures and “cross-over” detours on McKnight Boulevard during the removal and installation of the bridge. This will be done on weekends and at night to ensure the least disruption possible.
A complete rehabilitation of the structure is needed and will include:
· Bridge deck replacement.
· Expansion joint replacement.
· Substructure repair.
· Replacement of damaged pedestrian barrier panel
· Replacement of steel truss coating.