NIAGARA FALLS – As part of its efforts to improve vehicular, pedestrian and cyclist traffic within Queen Victoria Park, The Niagara Parks Commission wishes to provide an update on the rehabilitation work taking place on the Canadian Niagara Power Bridge along the Niagara Parkway.
Beginning on Monday March 18, at 9 a.m, the CNP Bridge will be restricted to one lane of traffic through the use of temporary traffic signals.
This lane restriction will be in place through to Friday May 17, at which time two lanes of opposing traffic shall resume throughout the spring and summer seasons.
In addition, the opening of Falls Parking Lot access link from the Niagara Parkway (south of the Bridge of Flowers) is scheduled to open on March 18, to coincide with the lane restriction.
Pedestrian access will not be affected, and will continue to be available along the existing sidewalk. Additional updates will be communicated as rehabilitation work progresses.
Construction on the century old structure began in 1902. Built of stone, steel and concrete, the bridge is made up of five specific individual spans, extending just over 90 metres (298 feet) in length.
The beautifully crafted stone used in both the piers and archways was sourced from the former Queenston Quarry Company, which operated at that time. The architectural masonry stonework of the arched facades is 100% self supporting, similar to a roman arch.
Given the beauty and history of this overpass, the goal of the rehabilitation work is not only to repair the structure, but preserve the look and historical nature of the beautiful masonry stonework which exists, for future generations.
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