SWIFT CURRENT, SASK. – Construction on an $18 million bridge replacement project east of Swift Current, Sask. is wrapping up.
The project, with Regina-based general contractor Graham Construction, included two new overpasses, one on the westbound and one on the eastbound lanes on Highway 1 over the Canadian Pacific Railway and involved full replacement of the existing overpass structure on the eastbound lanes as well as rehabilitation of the bridge supporting the westbound lanes.
“More than 4,000 vehicles use the Trans-Canada Highway east of Swift Current each and every day, making it an important transportation route, which is used regularly by commuters, the local agriculture sector, oil and gas sectors as well many transport trucks. This is an important project for our region as it will extend the life of these bridges for many years to come,” Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley said on behalf of Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill.
The new bridges have an approximate life span of 75 years and are replacing bridges built more than 60 years ago.
Construction on the westbound overpass began in January 2021 with road work in August and construction on the eastbound overpass began in April 2022 and will be complete by the end of October.