FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Good Bridge replacement project near Fort St. John, B.C. is complete, replacing the previous crossing over Alces River, a tributary of the Peace River and connecting residents of the North Peace region to the Cecil Lake Road.
The new two-lane, 42-metre bridge is located just west of the community of Goodlow and approximately 500 metres north of the old crossing. Fort St. John-based contractor S. Young Enterprises Ltd. completed construction of the $10.2 million project which has a projected lifespan of 75 years.
“Good Bridge is a vital piece of infrastructure for the Peace, helping connect local people and goods within the region and to the rest of B.C. In addition to supporting the province’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring safe and reliable movement through the Peace will support local communities and businesses for decades into the future,” B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming said in a statement.
The bridge is a clear-span structure without supports in the river which minimizes environmental impacts. The increased load capacity supports greater access for commercial and industrial traffic and the wider shoulders provide a safer active-transportation route for cyclists and pedestrians, a government release stated.
Cecil Lake Road runs more than 60 kilometres between Rose Prairie Road and the B.C.-Alberta border and connects rural communities to Highway 97.