Overpass re-opening will wait
North Shore commuters looking forward to using the Tranquille Overpass will have to wait a few more days.
While the re-opening of the pass — now closed for more than a month — was set for today (June 12), it now appears the span will be closed until Thursday.
While Kamloops streets manager Jim McNeely was still waiting for information from Retro Specialty Contractors as of KTW press deadline on Monday, June 11, he said crews had yet to pour all of the concrete required for the repair.
The concrete needs at least 24 hours to cure and could take up to two days to reach the strength needed to bear the weight of traffic, leading McNeely to guess it might be ready to open on Thursday.
“Our original intent was to have it open on Friday (June 15) for this coming weekend’s traffic, and we went with the optimistic advice from the contractor, saying he’d be able to get it done,” said McNeely, who added the Surrey-based firm has run into some equipment trouble and logistical problems during the repair.
“Unfortunately, you give a good word like that and it’s turned bad on us in this particular case.”
The city shut down the overpass May 8 after a truck hauling an excavator cracked the concrete on the underside of the span.
Repair costs are just over $37,000, but the city may be recompensed by ICBC.