HARTLAND (CNB) - Renovations to the Hugh John Flemming Bridge in Hartland will begin later this month. The bridge will be reduced to one lane from Monday, March 29, to Wednesday, June 30, the date when Part 1 of the project is expected to be finished.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement after department staff shared details with municipal officials, local businesses and emergency responders.

"The planned work includes rehabilitation of the east and west approach spans and bridge abutments," said Landry. "Crews will remove the concrete deck, curb and sidewalk areas; install new expansion and finger joint assemblies; and place new waterproofing and pavement on the approach spans."

The Department of Transportation has awarded a contract, valued at almost $1.3 million, to Atlantic Underground Services Ltd. of Riverview to do the work.

"There will be four scheduled closures, each for 72 hours, when concrete pours are undertaken for the new deck," said Landry. "The alternate route for all truck traffic will be Route 130 through Florenceville. School buses will have to modify their routes when the bridge is closed. Most farming equipment will have to use an alternate route during the full construction period due to the restricted width of the bridge."

The Hugh John Flemming Bridge is 50 years old and spans the St. John River near Hartland on Route 130 (formerly the Trans-Canada Highway).