The new bridge, located on Highway 37, approximately 75 kilometres east of Stewart, will be built just upstream from the current structure. The two lanes will be able to accommodate heavier commercial vehicles, and will have shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists.
The single lane bridge was built in 1956,
As part of the project, approximately one kilometre of Highway 37 will be realigned on each end of the bridge to improve sightlines. The new design will allow traffic to cross the bridge deck at 90 kilometres per hour, instead of the original 30 km/h speed limit.
In addition, the rest area at the east end of the bridge will be relocated and will include a new pedestrian viewpoint and new washroom facilities. A left-turn lane and a deceleration lane will provide safe access.
A successful bidder has been selected and the ministry of transportation is in the process of awarding the construction contract. The total value of the project, including planning, design and engineering work and construction, is $24 million.
The Government of Canada is contributing $10.7 million to this project. The Government of British Columbia is covering the remaining costs.
Construction will begin in spring 2018, with completion scheduled in fall 2019. During this time, the existing bridge will remain in use. Drivers are advised to follow instructions of traffic control personnel and obey the construction zone speed limit.