Province awards $104-million contract to replace Halfway River Bridge

The Ministry of Transportation has awarded the contract to replace the Halfway River Bridge.

The ministry announced Monday the $104.6-million construction contract has been awarded to the Eiffage-Infracon Halfway River Joint Venture.

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Work includes 3.7 kilometres of new two-lane highway and the construction of a new one kilometre-long bridge crossing the Halfway River, about 500 metres north of the current structure, the ministry said.

Construction is expected to begin this winter and be completed in fall 2022.

The existing highway alignment, including the current Halfway River Bridge, will remain open while construction of the new crossing takes place. The ministry says there will be limited traffic disruptions.

A new bridge is needed to make way for the Site C hydroelectric reservoir, expected to start filling as early as 2023.

The reservoir will flood 100-plus kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries from Fort St. John to the Peace Canyon Dam at Hudson's Hope. The project requires 32 kilometres of Highway 29 to be realigned and four bridges to be replaced.

There is the need for three other new bridges along the 90-kilometre stretch of Highway 29: a 580-metre-long bridge at Cache Creek/Bear Flat; a 170-metre bridge at Farrell Creek; and a 160-metre bridge at Lynx Creek. Other causeway crossings will also be required at both Farrell and Lynx Creek.

The realignments are being funded by BC Hydro. The Halfway River contract is the first public tender award and delivery carried out by the ministry, according to the announcement.

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

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