The Barriere River Bridge on Highway 5 is closed this week for bridge repairs from Nov. 16 - 18, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A short detour route through the community of Barriere takes traffic back to the highway. (DOB photo)

The Barriere River Bridge on Highway 5 is closed this week for bridge repairs from Nov. 16 - 18, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A short detour route through the community of Barriere takes traffic back to the highway. (DOB photo)

Hwy 5 bridge repair detouring traffic through downtown Barriere

Repairs are scheduled to continue through Thursday of this week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Repairs to the bridge on Highway 5 that crosses the Barriere River started on Tuesday, Nov. 16, and is scheduled to continue through Thursday of this week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The repairs are being conducted by the Ministry of Transport due to damage sustained over time by vehicles ‘clipping’ the bridge, plus other required maintenance.

Traffic is being detoured off Highway 5 and onto Barriere Town Road from both the south and north ends of the community. Pilot trucks take the highway traffic through and there are flaggers stationed at all of the intersections, key areas, and at the high school when the students get out at 3 p.m.

As of Tuesday afternoon the process was running smoothly with minimum disruption to travelers, although area residents trying to navigate within the community did experience some challenges.

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