Kamloops motorists will need to find alternative routes to get to and from the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve as the Red Bridge will be closing nightly next week.
Routine inspections between 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning on Monday, Oct. 7, will keep the crossing connecting Lorne Street and Mount Paul Way closed nightly for the better part of the next three weeks, according to the Ministry of Transportation.
The planned closures are scheduled to take place from Oct. 7 and Oct, 11, from Oct. 13 to Oct. 18 and from Oct. 20 and Oct. 25.
Drivers can use the Yellowhead Bridge on Highway 5 as a crossing option during Red Bridge closure periods.
The closures are required to allow crews to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the structure — part of the ministry’s program to continually assess the condition of the bridge and keep it in good operating condition.
The wooden trestle bridge is more than 100 years old. It was originally built in 1887, rebuilt in 1912 and again in 1936.