The Federal Bridge Corporation (FBCL) has announced the commencement of the Second Blue Water Bridge (SBWB) rehabilitation project. 

It is scheduled to start on 29 May 2024.  

This marks the first closure of the SBWB in over two decades.  

To maintain essential operations for commerce and commuters, the First Blue Water Bridge (FBWB) will operate with bidirectional traffic. 

The rehabilitation work, which is said to be crucial for maintaining safety and efficiency standards, will involve under-bridge activities.  

Facca Incorporated, the contractor responsible for the previous year’s FBWB rehabilitation, has been selected to undertake this project. 

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The scope of the rehabilitation includes concrete sidewalk rehabilitation, main span concrete deck repairs, waterproofing, and repaving of the SBWB.  

These measures are aimed at reinforcing the bridge’s structure and ensuring its long-term integrity.  

The FBCL CEO Natalie Kinloch said: “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.” 

FBCL aims to minimise disruptions by extending work hours into nights and weekends, aiming for an effective management of the project’s timeline. 

Collaboration with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is expected to ensure that maintenance activities are carried out seamlessly on both sides of the border.  

Traffic flow management measures are noted to be put in place to accommodate the construction work. 

During the rehabilitation work, the FBWB will sustain traffic in both directions.  

However, restrictions are claimed to be there on wide loads, limiting them to less than 3m in width to ensure safe passage through the construction zone.  

Despite the construction, toll booth operations will continue to provide uninterrupted service. 

Government of Canada has provided financial support in this infrastructure project.