Teeth-rattling Overlanders bridge will get a temporary fix

City photo shows need for work on Overlanders Bridge.

City photo shows need for work on Overlanders Bridge.

NEWS — The bad news is that replacement of the deck on the Overlanders Bridge won’t be done until 2015.

The good news is that the driving surface will be fixed up in the meantime so your teeth don’t rattle driving over the expansion joints.

In a report going to City council Tuesday, public works and utilities director Jen Fretz says “a number of factors” including the question of what to do with the old raised sidewalk on the west side of the bridge make it advisable to postpone the deckwork that was supposed to be done this year.

The old sidewalk was built with the bridge in 1961 and not much has been done to it since.

Fretz said there are several options: remove the sidewalk, repair it at a cost of about $2 million, or replace it for about $3.5 million. But before that decision can be made, more study has to be done on the options and the costs, she said.

“This will allow for a strategic tendering schedule through the winter of 2014-2015, which will provide more competitive pricing. It will also provide the North Shore residents and businesses with a well-needed break from construction in the area, and the North Shore Business Improvement Association strongly supports this deferral.”

Money for the sidewalk wasn’t included in a $6.1 million deck-replacement borrowing bylaw approved by council last year. However, Fretz said the temporary deck repairs can be covered in existing annual repair budgets.

The steel-frame multi-use path used by most people who cross the bridge on foot or bicycle was added to the east side of the bridge in 1995. The bridge deck was replaced 25 years ago, Fretz said.

Council will be asked Tuesday to approve putting off the deck replacement and doing temporary improvements this year.

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