09/21/2015 13:28 EDT | Updated 09/21/2016 01:12 EDT

Bridge near Mission, B.C., partially opened with lower speed limit

MISSION, B.C. — A bridge east of Mission, B.C., has partially opened after four days of maintenance that forced commuters to take a 60-kilometre detour.

The Transportation Ministry says crews worked around the clock to replace a damaged steel cap in the weakened Dewdney Slough Bridge.

It says single-lane alternating traffic is now getting through as work continues to reinforce the concrete structure on Highway 7.

Minor delays are expected, with a 30-kilometre-an hour speed limit and a 17,000-kilogram load restriction.

The ministry says drivers with loads exceeding that weight may detour along Highway 1, using either Highway 11 via Mission from the west or Highway 9 through Agassiz from the east.

The bridge is expected to reopen to two-lane traffic and normal load limits by the end of the week.

The Canadian Press