8th Street Bridge project to cost north of $20 million

The bridge for 8th Street will cost at least $20 million and until 2021 to complete.

There have been approximately 25 bridges constructed in the Peace Region in recent years, but the one planned to span the Dawson Creek in Dawson Creek along 8th Street has been noted to be the most complex and expensive project.

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Initial costs have the project coming in at over $20 million. Scott Maxwell with the Ministry of Transportation says it is hard to pinpoint costs at this point because the tendering process is not yet complete. 

“We are excited,” he said this year would see tender processes and directional drilling done in relation to initial utility work.

“The plan and scope is to place the existing culverts with the bridge, relocate existing utilities,” he says. 

“This dovetails into the Rolla road project well, after which the stream will have enough capacity.”

There will be wider sidewalks on either side of the bridge, while the project will be built over the creek in both 2020 and 2021.

“Traffic management is a key to this and we will be leaving two lanes open at all times during construction.”

Mayor Dale Bumstead noted this was a big project for Dawson Creek. 

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