PRINCE ALBERT, SASK. - An independent engineering report says a 57-year-old bridge in Prince Albert, Sask., that provides a vital highway link to a number of northern communities can last well into the future with proper maintenance.
The report on the Diefenbaker Bridge, which spans the North Saskatchewan River and handles 24,000 vehicle trips per day, says the structure can safely handle the traffic that uses it.
The analysis was done by ISL Engineering and Land Services and was commissioned by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure in 2016.
The inspection was done to evaluate the effectiveness of emergency repairs done in 2011, and in response to the City of Prince Albert's concerns about the structure's condition.
Technicians found some normal deterioration in the river crossing that opened in 1960, and their report makes recommendations for repairs in the short, medium and long term.