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Franklin Blvd. closed at 401 for rest of 2018

Last Updated May 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm EST

Franklin bridge over 401 is now closed until the end of 2018. Photo: Mark Douglas - 570 NEWS.

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

Since May 22nd, Franklin Boulevard has been completely closed between Pinebush Road and Holiday Inn Drive in Cambridge.

That means you can’t access Highway 401, including the westbound on-ramp from Franklin – 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 kicked off overnight on Saturday, May 26th, and it was for bridge demolition starting at 8 p.m., until 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 27th – but luckily for motorists, the highway fully reopened ahead of schedule around 7 a.m.

As Franklin Boulevard is shut 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.

During the scheduled shut downs of the 401 at Franklin – westbound traffic will be able to detour via Townline, while eastbound motorists can take Hespeler. There’s still no set date for when the second closure will occur though.

That’s not the only new headache in that stretch of town either, as the Region announced Thursday that advanced left-turn signals at the Pinebush and Townline intersection are now operating daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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