Mackenzie Bridge to Receive Upgrade

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The provincial government is looking to put a modern touch on a local bridge.

An announcement came yesterday that construction will begin early next year on a replacement for the Parsnip River Bridge in Mackenzie.

The new bridge will boast an open top structure with no height requirements, an increased weight capacity, and an overall sleeker design.

Roughly 2 kilometers of Highway 97 will need to be adjusted to permit the new bridge location, which will also promote better visibility on the road.

The old bridge was built in 1953 and sports an aged arch design which limits height, visibility, and weight support.

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the upgrades are needed to support the massive amounts of traffic the Highway sees and to allow its use by larger vehicles transporting goods to and from northern BC.

The 18.5 million dollar project is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Photo of New Bridge concept by Government of BC.

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