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News » Canada » BC awards seismic upgrade contract for 1950s bridge » published 11 Aug 2017

BC awards seismic upgrade contract for 1950s bridge

Work is getting under way this week on a CA$3.7m seismic upgrade to the Rosedale Overhead structure on Highway 9 in British Columbia.

Tybo Contracting’s contract also covers cycling and pedestrian improvements to the crossing, which provides a key link between the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 7, connecting Rosedale and Agassiz.

This structure was built in the 1950s and requires upgrades to bring it up to modern-day standards. As well as the seismic upgrade, the work includes widening of the bridge deck. The existing bridge deck is narrow, requiring traffic to navigate around cyclists and pedestrians, creating hazardous conditions for all road users. The project will provide steel fencing on both sides of the structure, with 2m shoulders, allowing a safe pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.

“We are committed to carrying out important seismic upgrades where they are needed on existing structures, as well as to building new, robust bridges, built to meet stringent seismic standards,” said transportation and infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena. “This structure is a key link in our transportation network, and therefore we are upgrading it to modern-day seismic standards, as well as creating a safe pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.”

The Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has been working in close partnership with the Cheam First Nation, which is accommodating the ministry by providing access for the project through its land.

The work is expected to be complete by the summer of 2018.

 

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This article was published on 11 Aug 2017 (last updated on 11 Aug 2017).

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