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Alberta opens new bridge over Peace River

DCN-JOC News Services
Alberta opens new bridge over Peace River
PROVINCE OF ALBERTA — Transportation Minister Ric McIver and Peace River Mayor Tom Tarpey on the deck of the newly opened Peace River bridge.

PEACE RIVER, ALTA. — Work has wrapped up on a new bridge in Peace River, Alta.

Officials announced that the new three-lane bridge is expected to cut down congestion for the more than 17,000 vehicles that use the crossing each day. The project also includes a pedestrian crossing underneath the bridge.

Officials noted that construction on the bridge began in 2017 and was completed on time and on budget.

“This bridge is and has been a great addition to our community,” said Tom Tarpey, Peace River mayor, in a statement. “Throughout construction it has bolstered the local economy. Peace River is the gateway to northwestern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. This second bridge is going to expand that economic portal. Infrastructure catalyzes development. Roads and bridges are the pipelines for Alberta’s most precious resource – its people.”

The new bridge is a major piece of a larger $162-million twinning project that will also rehab the older bridge crossing.

Rehabilitation will begin early next year and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2022. The project includes twinning a portion of Highway 2 and interchange improvements on either side of the bridge.

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