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Bridge replacement planned for Quartz Creek crossing

DCN-JOC News Services
Bridge replacement planned for Quartz Creek crossing

GOLDEN, B.C. — A new crossing over Quartz Creek is being planned for the Trans-Canada Highway.

Crews will begin construction this spring. The bridge serves the stretch of highway that goes between Glacier National Park and Golden.

The province has already issued the project tender to replace the aging two-lane bridge crossing at Quartz Creek, 40 kilometres west of Golden, with a new four-lane bridge. The work, which is a portion of the Highway 1 Kamloops-to-Alberta program, will also see 4.4 kilometres of highway widened to four lanes and access improvements to forest service roads.

“It is important to see this project move a step closer to getting underway,” said Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, in a statement. “Replacing the Quartz Creek Bridge and widening this part of the Trans-Canada Highway will improve driver safety while supporting trade and a strong regional economy. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

Officials noted in addition to making the route safer, the improvements are meant to increase reliability and mobility for commercial truck drivers carrying goods.

The project will be built under the province’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) policy.

According to the province, the CBA prioritizes hiring and rehiring local workers, Indigenous people, women, people with disabilities and members of other under-represented groups.

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