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Franklin Blvd. set to close at 401 for rest of 2018 on May 22nd

Last Updated May 16, 2018 at 6:39 am EDT

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It’s construction season, and that means another major road and highway closure in Waterloo Region for bridge work.

The Ministry of Transportation confirms that starting Tuesday, May 22nd, Franklin Boulevard will be shut down between Pinebush Road and Holiday Inn Drive in Cambridge.

That means the road will be fully closed at Highway 401, including the westbound on-ramp from Franklin.

The MTO says the closure will take effect around 7 a.m., and the roadway isn’t expected to reopen until New Year’s Eve due to bridge reconstruction.

The complete overhaul also requires two separate weekend closures of the 401 itself — one for bridge removal, and one for girder replacement.

That first closure is scheduled to start overnight on Saturday, May 26th.

The impact will be for bridge demolition starting at 8 p.m., and the 401 will remain closed until 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 27th — but keep in mind, all these dates and times are weather dependent.

When Franklin Boulevard shuts down, northbound motorists can detour via Pinebush and Townline Roads, while southbound traffic can take Jamieson to Townline.

Although the westbound on-ramp to the highway will be indefinitely closed, the MTO says the 401 off-ramp to Franklin will stay open through construction.

That’s not the only lengthy project beginning in Cambridge this month either, as lane reductions are already in place on Fountain Street, Shantz Hill Road and Dundas Street until about mid-summer.

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