New Dawson Creek Dangerous Goods Route bridge completed

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The province announced $3.3 million for the project back in February to replace what was then a temporary bridge. The DGR bridge was washed out during the flooding in the Peace Region in June 2011. The work was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of July, but Scott Maxwell, Ministry of Transportation District Manager for the Peace District, says the Peace's wet spring delayed progress.

"The actual finish date was August 15, and that was mainly due to the extra wet spring we had from March to June," he explains. "That was predominantly because they couldn't really get into the river and do some of the instream works that they needed to."

While the bridge itself has been completed, there is still some work to be done around the structure.

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"Some of the seeding of the slope, and a little bit of instream works," Maxwell says still needs to be done. "It's predominantly completed and the travelling public can use it as normal."

The steel concrete composite bridge came in at 41 metres long and just over 11 metres wide, built by Ruskin Construction of Prince George. The Dangerous Goods Route from 208 Road to 250 metres south of the southern approaches was also resurfaced, and channel improvements were made to the creek.

 

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