MISSION, B.C. – Work will begin this fall on replacing the aging Dewdney Bridge on Highway 7 east of Mission, B.C.
A $32.6-million contract for the new bridge has been awarded to Kiewit Construction Services ULC.
“Highway 7 connects people living north of the Fraser River and it also serves as a vital alternative route in the event of Highway 1 closure. A new bridge over Nicomen Slough, east of Mission, ensures Fraser Valley communities remain well-connected for years to come,” Abbotsford Mission MLA Pam Alexis said in a statement.
The existing Dewdney Bridge was built in 1958 and is nearing its end-of life. The new bridge will be constructed beside it on the upstream side.
The new bridge will include a three-metre-wide multi-use active transportation pathway for pedestrians and cyclists and the new structure will provide higher clearance for river navigation and will be less susceptible to flooding, a release said.
The current Dewdney Bridge connects Highway 7 on either side of Nicomen Slough, about eight kilometres east of Mission, with connections to Highway 1 via highways 9 and 11 and will remain open during construction of the new structure and approaches.