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News » Canada » Funds allocated for second Peace River Bridge » published 13 Jul 2017

Funds allocated for second Peace River Bridge

The governments of Canada and Alberta have committed funds to enable construction of a second Peace River Bridge.

The aim is to improve the capacity and flow of traffic over the river by constructing a bridge to carry westbound traffic. Once it is completed, the existing bridge will be used solely for eastbound traffic.

Funding will also go towards constructing an underslung pedestrian bridge, which will allow pedestrians to cross over the Peace River while being separated from highway traffic and partially sheltered from the elements and traffic noise.

The government of Canada is providing over CA$74m and Alberta is investing approximately CA$88m in the project, which has a total estimated cost of over CA$162m.

"In 2018 we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Peace River Bridge,” said mayor of Peace River Tom Tarpey. “As the economy of the town and region have grown, transportation has become a critical component of the area's continued growth. We welcome the twinning of the bridge and the opportunities it represents, not only in terms of construction jobs but also its role as an essential link for the area. The new bridge will increase not only emergency access for all residents but also provide a vital transportation corridor to facilitate development in the north."

 

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This article was published on 13 Jul 2017 (last updated on 19 Jul 2017).

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