The Red Bridge will be closed for inspection from Friday through Monday by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The bridge will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday; 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Monday.
“While we don’t anticipate any issues with the bridge, it’s important to do a thorough assessment of all the components,” a ministry spokeswoman said via email.
Multiple teams will conduct what the ministry describes as a routine but detailed inspection, assessing each component. Such inspections require crews to use lifts and rappel with ropes.
Motorists are advised to use alternative crossings via Highway 5 or the Overlanders Bridge.
Ten years ago, the province spent close to $1 million on rehabilitation work on the bridge and replaced some timbers while repairing trusses and other components.
Though appreciated for its heritage aspects, the trestle bridge is something of a relic in the midst of a 21st-century city. Built in 1936, the connector will eventually have to be retired and may one day serve only pedestrians.
Transport trucks working for Cirque du Soleil raised eyebrows last year by using the bridge in gross violation of weight restrictions.