Lincoln Bridge to remain closed until early May

We're getting a better idea how long the Lincoln Bridge will be closed for.

The span on Route 102 between Lincoln and Oromocto has been closed since Feb. 19, when a dump truck smashed into it.

Transportation Minister Bill Fraser tells CTV Atlantic it will likely be early May before repairs can be completed, and he's asking for patience from motorists.

Fraser says the department is doing the work with internal crews, which he says is the quickest way to get the job done.

Officials say nine of the bridge's 14 upper bracings were "significantly damaged" in the incident.

Westbound traffic from Oromocto to Fredericton is being detoured via Route 2 and Nevers Road.

Eastbound traffic from Fredericton to Oromocto is being detoured via Route 655, Nevers Road and Route 2.

With files from CTV Atlantic