DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A new 45-metre long bridge to replace three existing culverts in downtown Dawson Creek, B.C. will begin construction in June.
Brocor Construction will begin work by relocating municipal water and sewer lines to a location below the creek and construction will begin after 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. I am proud of the work we have done throughout the province to safeguard our communities,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena in a statement.
The $28 million project once finished will maintain the existing five-lane road configuration and sidewalks on both sides. Completion is expected by 2023.
During construction, two lanes will remain open on the existing structure to allow traffic to flow along Highway 2.
“We are extremely excited to see the construction of the 8th Street bridge begin this year. 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,” said Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead.
“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.”
The ministry is working closely with the contractor and WorkSafeBC to ensure COVID-19 protocols are observed on the worksite, a government release stated.