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Victoria bridge deconstruction begins Monday

Reported by Trelle Burdeniuk
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Parts of Saskatoon's oldest bridge are coming down.

The pedestrian ramp on the south side of the traffic bridge on the Rotary Park side will start coming down Monday, and should be completely removed by Friday.

The ramp needs to come down so the city can start load-testing the piers. The results from those load tests will help the city come up with a different design for a new traffic bridge.

The historic span was shut down in 2010 after it was deemed unsafe because of severe corrosion. The city has since been trying to secure funding from senior levels of government for a new bridge. To date, neither the Provincial or Federal Governments have come through.

Built in October of 1907, the Traffic Bridge in Saskatoon's oldest span. In fact, it was the city's only bridge until 1916, when the University Bridge was built.

Edited by News Talk Radio staff with files from Chris Carr