Finally, good news for a city bridge project

It's about two years behind schedule, but the 148 metre Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge is expected to open next month.

"They're doing some final testing, and I know there is some concrete that needs to be poured for the final portion of the sidewalk and a little bit of landscaping...and they've now installed all of the approaches and the traffic signals and so on," Mayor Jim Watson said on Monday. "It's been a frustrating experience for people in the south end but it's going to be a great addition to traffic management."

The $48 million project experienced several bumps along the road. The initial contractor, ConCreate USL, went into receivership and later welding problems caused further delays.

The link will connect Barrhaven to Riverside South and will have eight lanes for traffic, including public transit, two bike paths and two sidewalks.

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