FERNIE, B.C. — Details on the Elko Overhead Replacement Project near Fernie are just a click away.
The province announced the launch of a new website detailing the proposed project on Highway 3. The site, gov.bc.ca/elko-overhead, includes information on the project concept, timelines and how to submit comments or questions.
Officials anticipate the project will go to tender next year. Its scope includes building a new bridge over the CP Rail tracks on Highway 3 in Elko and replacing the existing structure that was built in 1950. A westbound left-turn lane will also be added at Bate Avenue as part of the project’s safety and connectivity improvements to support local, commercial and industrial road users throughout the east Kootenay region.
Project plans include a new 53-metre, three-span bridge, wider shoulders, a barrier-protected sidewalk, a westbound left-turn lane at Bate Avenue, accessibility improvements, better signs and lighting.
The portion of the highway is travelled by approximately 6,700 vehicles per day, increasing to approximately 9,800 per day in the summer. The Elko Overhead Replacement Project is in the engineering phase and is anticipated to be completed by late 2022.