|The Arlington Street bridge in Winnipeg|
Railfans know this bridge as a good platform for watching trains from above, and it is in the backgrounds of many Winnipeg yard photos.
|CP Winnipeg yard with Arlington Street bridge, October 2011|
|Arlington Street bridge, Winnipeg|
The study has a round figure of $300 million (-30%/+60%) to replace the bridge by 2020 with a new four-lane bridge. The current bridge is two lanes with steep approach ramps at either end. It is not pleasant to drive across and definitely needs some improvement.
There are a few options outlined in the appendix of the report (PDF) including:
- span the yard at the same location
- build a new bridge about midway between the existing Arlington bridge and the existing Route 62 bridge, and remove the existing Arlington bridge
- remove the Arlington bridge and expand the existing McPhillips underpass
Personally I think CP needs to be heavily involved, as their plans for the yard would factor into this a lot.
|CP yard in Winnipeg|
I hope this doesn't become another huge boondoggle like the Waverley Street underpass, but it certainly has that potential. Another project to keep an eye on.
More on this bridge at Heritage Winnipeg's site.
Here's a video I took several years ago of a pair of switchers going under the bridge.
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