RIVERVIEW (GNB) – The Petitcodiac River causeway between Moncton and Riverview will be closed for six months, starting April 5, and will reopen in October.

The closure is required to realign the river channel under the new bridge, as well as to decommission the existing gate structure and construct the approaches and bridge connections.

“As work on the project is progressing well, we are starting the causeway’s six-month full closure one month earlier than planned. It will reopen to traffic in October instead of November,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green. “Given the situation surrounding COVID-19, we are taking advantage of the current low traffic flows to ensure minimal disruption. We understand the closure will have an impact, and we encourage residents to start planning their alternate routes and schedules.”

Traffic will be diverted to the Gunningsville Bridge while the causeway is closed. Signage will be in place.

“The department worked with its federal and municipal partners and stakeholders to ensure the date change did not impact related projects and initiatives,” said Green. “Restoring the Petitcodiac River has been a common goal for many years, and the new Petitcodiac Bridge will be a welcome improvement for many years to come.”

In 2018, the provincial government partnered with the Town of Riverview on a $1.9-million project to add lanes and upgrade the intersection at Route 114-Gunningsville Bridge/Gunningsville Boulevard. These upgrades were made to alleviate traffic congestion during the Petitcodiac bridge and channel construction.

The total cost of the project is $61.6 million, with the federal government contributing $27 million.