Red Bridge re-opens ahead of schedule

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KAMLOOPS – Some great news for drivers who have been forced to use the Overlander Bridge or Highway 5 to cross the South Thompson River while the Red Bridge has been closed for rehabilitation and maintenance.

Traffic was flowing over the bridge again on Saturday, a week ahead of the mid-October scheduled opening, according to a media release from the Ministry of Transportation.

Pedestrians and cyclists could still use the bridge during the three weeks of work, but no vehicles.

The maintenance on the Red Bridge was in advance of the City of Kamloops' planned repairs to the Overlander Bridge.

The $9.3-million in repairs to the deck and sidewalk will happen next year, although no specific start date from the city yet. The project goes to tender early in 2015.

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