North Fork Bridge project on Highway 1 east of Sicamous complete

New bridge replaces former two-lane truss bridge, the last of its kind on the Trans-Canada

  • Sep. 20, 2018 9:40 a.m.

The North Fork Bridge replacement project on the Trans-Canada Highway is complete, improving safety, capacity and efficiency for people using the highway between Sicamous and Revelstoke.

The new-four-lane structure replaces the last remaining truss bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway. The former 59-year-old bridge, crossing the Perry River 28 kilometres east of Sicamous, had two narrow lanes, low clearance and no shoulders.

“The previous bridge was only two lanes and very limiting, as some commercial vehicles couldn’t cross it because of the overhead height restrictions,” said B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena in a news release. “The new four-lane bridge and highway widening will increase safety and expand capacity for everyone using this part of Highway 1.”

Along with a new four-lane bridge, work included widening 3.5 kilometres of highway to four lanes, 1.7 kilometres of new frontage roads and two new protected T-intersections.

“The Government of Canada is proud to have supported important improvements to Highway 1 that are creating a safer and more efficient transportation corridor across British Columbia,” said François-Philippe Champagne, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “These much-needed upgrades will meet trade and travellers’ needs now, while laying the groundwork for increased tourism and economic growth in this beautiful region.”

This project is part of the Highway 1 Kamloops to Alberta Border Four-Laning Program, which is upgrading the highway corridor to a modern, 100-kilometre-per-hour, four-lane standard. This $32.6-million project is cost-shared, with the Government of Canada contributing up to $9.2 million through the Building Canada Fund and the Province providing the remaining $23.4 million.

Accelerating Highway 1 upgrades between Kamloops and the Alberta border is a specific priority in the mandate letter for the provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. In Budget 2018, the Province is committing $464 million to this program over the next three years.

For more information on the ministry’s four-laning program for Highway 1 between Kamloops and the Alberta border, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/bchwy1-projects


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Shuswap dragon boaters honour teammate’s cancer-fighting accomplishments

Friends Abreast team provides special recognition outside Salmon Arm hospital

Invasive mussel monitoring stations detect 10 boats

Boats were headed to Okanagan and Thompson regions

Collisions with a barrier, a deer and a tree demand Chase RCMP’s attention

Transport truck shreds tires along concrete barrier on Highway 1 east of Kamloops

Salmon Arm’s first Bitcoin ATM installed in mall

The kiosk will allow people to buy cryptocurrency or sell it for cash.

Algae bloom highlights nutrient concerns in Shuswap water quality report

Shuswap Watershed Council releases 2019 water quality report

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Man who drove into music festival crowd sentenced to 14 months in jail

Several people seriously hurt during event held near Princeton

Conservation seizes fawn illegally kept captive in Vancouver Island home

A Comox Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Vandals put Vernon public piano out of play

Downtown instrument destroyed, but public project is not over

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Summerland mayor asks for community conversation on racism

Incidents in July prompt calls for dialogue

Westside wildfire human caused

Blaze started as a house fire and spread to the bush

Summerland working to reopen recreation facilities

Arena and pool are opening, but ball season will not proceed

Surrey man found guilty in West Kelowna killing of common-law spouse

Tejwant Danjou was convicted of second-degree murder in the July 2018 death of Rama Gauravarapu in West Kelowna

Most Read