Long-closed Tranquille Road overpass reopens
After more than a month of closure, the Tranquille Overpass was set to re-open to traffic on Thursday, June 14.
The overpass at the north end of Overlanders Bridge was shut down on May 11 when an excavator being hauled by a truck clipped and cracked the concrete.
Getting the roadway open has taken longer than expected because the city has filed a claim for the repair costs with ICBC.
Contractors hired for the project also had some equipment troubles, which pushed back the opening date from Tuesday, June 12, to Thursday, June 14.
Retro Specialty Contractors needed more time for concrete used in the repairs to cure and reach the strength needed to bear the weight of traffic.
Repair costs are just over $37,000, but the city may be recompensed by ICBC.
Just a week after the accident closed the overpass, businesses in the Tranquille Market shopping district along Tranquille Road told KTW sales were down.
The overpass feeds traffic directly into the area.
To help traffic access Tranquille Market without being forced north to the intersection of Tranquille Road, Fortune Drive and Eighth Street, city crews had removed left-turn restrictions for northbound vehicles at Fortune Drive and Fort Avenue and added a left-turn arrow.