The Malakwa Suspension Bridge was closed due to flood damage on June 1. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Photo)

Malakwa suspension bridge to reopen once final flood-damage repairs complete

A floating log damaged the bridge on June 1.

The Malakwa suspension bridge was closed due to some damage caused by high water, but once final repairs are completed it will be open again.

The railing of the bridge, which is located at the end of Bridge Road North of the Trans-Canada Highway in Malakwa, was damaged by a large log floating down the flood-swollen Eagle River on June 1.

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According to a representative of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure which maintains the bridge, the damage to the railing left the bridge only usable for emergency purposes. A photograph of the damage shows the log punching through the chain link fixed to railings on both sides of the bridge. The ministry said their maintenance contractor AIM Roads has since removed the log and completed some interim repairs to make the bridge safe for people to use. Final repairs are scheduled for June 20.

The foot bridge serves as part of a walking loop on both sides of the Eagle River.

According to the Shuswap Trail Alliance, the bridge was originally constructed by farmers in 1915 as a way for them to get to their fields. The current span was then rebuilt by a Department of Highways crew in 1940.

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jim.elliot@saobserver.net

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