Major repairs to Fredericton walking bridge pushed back a year

Major repairs to the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in Fredericton have been pushed back a year.

CBC News reports that the upgrades, which were originally expected to be carried out later this year, won't begin until the fall of 2019.

Sean Lee, assistant director of engineering and operations for the City of Fredericton, tells CBC News that the closures will now take place after Harvest Jazz and Blues.

The closure is still expected to last eight to 12 weeks despite being postponed.

The nearly $4 million renovation project includes the rebuilding of two or three of the piers, the replacing of the wood ties underneath, and the installation of new decking.

The bridge, which was built in 1889, spans the St. John River and connects the north and south sides of Fredericton.

~ With files from CBC News.