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Contractor looks to ease Site C bridge backups

Temporary construction bridge reportedly experiencing traffic backups, contractor considering options
The Site C construction site in October 2016, looking north towards Fort St. John and the project's worker camp. BC Hydro's lead contractor is looking at ways of moving traffic more efficiently between the banks of the Peace River.

BC Hydro’s lead Site C contractor is looking to ease traffic delays on a bridge between the north and south banks of the Peace River. 

Peace River Hydro Partners, which holds the main construction contract on the $8.8 billion BC Hydro project near Fort St. John, is reportedly looking for ways to ease congestion on the temporary 329-metre span. 

The bridge, completed in March, links the north bank worker camp with construction crews on the south side of the river. A concrete batch plant has been built on the south bank, while material for the earth fill dam will be mined in the Pine Pass and transported to the south bank work site. 

Last week, the Vancouver Sun reported traffic slowdowns on the bridge were common, and “that (the bridge) may have to be twinned to keep things on schedule.”

In an email, Site C spokesperson David Conway said no decision has been made on the construction bridge.  

“Peace River Hydro Partners is evaluating a number of additional methods for moving materials between the north and south banks,” Conway said. “Their evaluation is based on whether there are efficiencies in doing so, within the existing budget.”

The bridge has been a bone of contention between BC Hydro and local governments. Fort St. John, for example, pushed for a new bridge as part of a Site C benefits package to no avail. 

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