A project first announced in April of 2017 is getting the greenlight for this June.
Construction of a new bridge to replace the existing three culverts below 8th Street in downtown Dawson Creek has been confirmed
The bridge is designed to make travel safer and more efficient for people who live and work in the region, especially during freshet season.
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.
Initial costs revealed to the Mirror last year had the project coming in at over $20 million. Ministry of Transportation officials said at the time it is hard to pinpoint costs. Once built, the new 45-metre-long bridge will maintain the existing road configuration, with five lanes for traffic and sidewalks on both sides of the road for pedestrians. The project, budgeted for $28 million, is expected to be complete in 2023. The plan and scope is to replace the existing culverts with the bridge, relocate existing utilities.
Provincial officials note the project connects well with the Rolla road project, after which it is expected the creek will have enough capacity.
The contractor, Brocor Construction Ltd., will begin by relocating municipal water and sewer lines to a location below the creek. Bridge construction will begin after the utilities are complete and functioning.
“The 2016 floods caused a lot of hardship for people in the Peace District, and we want to make sure our infrastructure can withstand future flooding,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
During construction, two lanes will remain open on the existing structure to allow traffic to flow along Highway 2. Drivers are advised to follow instructions of traffic control personnel and obey the construction zone speed limit.
Mayor Dale Bumstead underlined the importance of the project in Dawson Creek in a statement.
“The project has been an important piece of the infrastructure improvement for our community and region to assist in the overall flood mitigation work the City of Dawson Creek has been focused on for our city. The importance of the 8th Street bridge project cannot be overstated, and we appreciate the support of the Province of B.C. in completing this important project.”
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