FBCL announces start of Second Blue Water Bridge rehabilitation project

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CaDCR staff writer

The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) says the Second Blue Water Bridge (SBWB) rehabilitation project is set to start on May 29. For the first time in over two decades, the SBWB will be closed, while the First Blue Water Bridge (FBWB) will operate with bidirectional traffic to maintain essential operations for commerce and commuters.

Facca Incorporated, the contractor for last year’s FBWB rehabilitation project, will also undertake this vital project. The scope of this year’s project includes concrete sidewalk rehabilitation and main span concrete deck repairs, including waterproofing and repaving of the SBWB. These efforts are geared towards reinforcing the bridge’s structure and future-proofing its integrity.

The vital rehabilitation work, much of which will occur beneath the bridge, is key to ensuring our high standards of safety and efficiency. By actively managing disruptions, including extending work hours into nights and weekends, FBCL aims to manage the project’s timeline effectively.

“The commencement of the SBWB rehabilitation project reflects our ongoing efforts to uphold and enhance the infrastructure essential for international travel. Strategic planning and execution underline our commitment to maintaining the Blue Water Bridge as a vital link for trade and travel between Canada and the United States,” said Natalie Kinloch, CEO of the FBCL.

According to Kinloch, joint work with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) (MDOT) are vital, enabling the execution of crucial maintenance activities on both sides of the border with considered measures to manage traffic flow.

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