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Bridge repaired following fiery crash in Pouce Coupe

Bridge repaired following fiery crash in Pouce Coupe
PROVINCE OF B.C.—The Pouce Coupe River Bridge has been fully restored and improved after a fiery crash damaged it in November 2019.

POUCE COUPE, B.C.—Pouce Coupe River Bridge has been fully repaired after sustaining damage from a vehicle crash.

The bridge was damaged in November after a tanker truck crash that spilled oil and closed it for several days.

Crews improved the structure by replacing the steel railings with concrete barriers, widening the deck edges and enhancing drainage. The province stated the upgrades will improve the long-term safety and reliability of the Pouce Coupe River Bridge for people who live in the community, as well as commercial drivers who regularly use this route.

“Highway 49 is a critical route between northern B.C. and Alberta that supports our transportation and tourism sectors,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a press release. “Ensuring the long-term integrity of the Pouce Coupe River Bridge provides reliable access for the people who live and work in the region and supports our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through the safe and efficient movement of goods.”

The two-lane, 60-metre bridge was damaged when an eastbound tractor-trailer lost control and crashed while travelling over the bridge.

The bridge, which is about nine kilometres east of Dawson Creek, is crossed by nearly 2,800 vehicles per day in summer. Highway 49 is the primary overload route from Alberta into B.C.

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