The travelling public hoping to traverse the Hudson’s Hope Bridge on Monday and Tuesday may have to plan for a detour.
The bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. on April 18 to 7 a.m. on April 19 for scheduled concrete pours, according to a statement from Surespan Construction Ltd.
Drivers travelling between Fort St. John and Chetwynd will have to take Highway 97 through Dawson Creek instead.
“We will have provisions in place to allow RCMP, fire and ambulance emergency vehicle access across the bridge with a slight delay if necessary,” the statement reads.
Once the bridge is re-opened, traffic across it will be restricted to single lane alternating traffic for the remainder of the work, expected to be completed by the end of April.
Originally the company expected to have to close the bridge on the evening of April 14 as well, but they weren't ready to pour the concrete and so will do it all on the 18th, according to Steven Wilson, project manager.
When the $1.84 million bridge rehabilitation project was first announced in February, the province said the work would be completed in October. Surespan Construction Ltd., however, expects to be done by the end of the month.
“We were able to get started on it earlier,” Wilson told the Alaska Highway News.
“We didn’t really want to particularly do that (work) during high traffic season, so we got going on it in early March, and should be finished by April.”
Wilson says the bridge, built in the 1960’s, is “actually in really good shape,” and that they work is just “to keep up with maintenance of the bridge.”
Work on the 207-metre suspension bridge, located seven kilometers south of Hudson’s Hope on Highway 29, includes removing and replacing the reinforced deck strands underneath the bridge deck, and installing four protective hood covers for the four anchorage housings of the main cables.