New Parsnip River Bridge opens

A new bridge over the Parsnip River is open, with final paving to be completed in the spring, the province said today.

The $30.4-million project replaces a 66-year-old steel truss bridge, and connects the Peace region to the central interior of the province and to Prince George.

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The new bridge is wider and no longer has height restrictions "to accommodate the heavy loads required to service resource industries like mining, forestry, oil and gas," the ministry of transportation said in a news release Tuesday, Dec. 10.

"This new bridge replaces the last low overhead along the highway, opening the path for improved transport of goods and equipment in the northeast," Minister Claire Trevena said in a statement.

The bridge also has a sidewalk to improve "safety for cyclists and pedestrians," the ministry noted.

Final paving of the bridge and its approaches will be completed in spring 2020. The old steel truss bridge, built in 1953, will be decommissioned in 2020.

The federal government contributed $12.9 million to the project, with the province footing the rest of the bill.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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