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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

The Province of British Columbia announced today $5.2 million to build a new bridge over Brassey Creek and a pipe arch over Buffalo Creek. Located near Arras 26 kilometres south of the intersection of Highway 52 and Highway 97 South, traffic has been passing over the Brassey Creek through two temporary bridges since July 2011. Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom argues the new passing will improve safety for traffic and industry, and provide better passage for fish in the creek.

"Getting the highway system in this region back to normal after the massive floods last year was a priority and I am pleased to see these repairs getting underway, as these are important crossings for the residents and industrial traffic using these routes," he says.

Belvedere Place Contracting Ltd. of Kelowna will be conducting the work, which also includes a new pipe arch six kilometres west of Highway 52 on the 206 Road at Buffalo Creek. Lekstrom says he hopes the bridge will be open to traffic in 2012 and be fully completed by July 2013.

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