HEMLOCK VALLEY, B.C. — Crews will work this summer to replace B.C.’s Chehalis River Bridge on Morris Valley Road.
The bridge serves as a critical route for Hemlock Valley residents, visitors and those living in the surrounding area.
The $7.3-million contract for the project has been awarded to Dorosh Construction Ltd. of Langley. Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed by fall 2022.
The old single-lane bridge will be demolished and removed upon completion of the new structure.
“The replacement of the old single-lane bridge over the Chehalis River will be a big improvement for the many people who rely on Morris Valley Road,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent, in a statement. “The new two-lane bridge will make travel safer and will serve area residents for many years to come.”
The current Chehalis River Bridge is a single-lane timber structure, built in 1950, approximately six kilometres north of Highway 7 on Morris Valley Road.
The new two-lane, three-span structure will be 96 metres long. It will be constructed on the downstream side of the existing bridge. The new bridge will feature a sidewalk to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists and new bridge approaches will be constructed to tie into the existing roadway.