CRESTON, B.C. – Crews are beginning work on B.C.’s Kootenay River Bridge near Creston.
The goal of the work is to is to improve the reliability of the structure and extend its service life on Highway 3.
“Upgrading aging bridges like this one is a priority for our government, as it improves safety and reliability,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The improvements we are doing on the Kootenay River bridge will ensure safe travel along the corridor for many years to come.”
The bridge was built in 1961 and the work is its first substantial rehabilitation. The two-span arch truss bridge will have heavily corroded steel areas sandblasted and re-painted, pier bearings replaced and minor modifications to the deck joints.
“Highway 3 is a vital corridor for trade and travel. Lots of people travel across this bridge every day, which links Nelson and Creston, including commercial truck drivers on their routes,” said Michelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “This rehabilitation work will strengthen this bridge and make it last longer for all of the people who use it on a regular basis.”
The $6.5-million project will begin by replacing the bearings, which will wrap up this fall. All remaining work will start in spring 2020 and will likely finish by the end of that year.
According to officials, once construction begins, drivers can expect periodic delays and should slow down and use caution when travelling through the work area.
Temporary full nighttime closures will be required for four consecutive evenings, from Oct. 8-11, between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. No detour will be available during these closures. However, access through the construction area will be provided for emergency vehicles, if necessary.