B.C. to replace South Slocan Bridge
By Andrew Macklin
March 16, 2016 – B.C. is moving ahead with plans to replace the South Slocan Bridge with a design that will ensure pedestrian access is maintained for those living in the communities between Castlegar and Nelson, near Playmor Junction.
“This is another example of collaboration between all levels of government to ensure we’re meeting the needs of the local community, while ensuring safety remains top of mind as we move forward with replacing this important bridge connecting these communities,” says transportation and infrastructure minister Todd Stone.
Currently, a trail provides access under the bridge. A tunnel will be part of the proposed design in order to maintain trail access. During engagement and discussion with local residents and stakeholders, it was clear that trail connectivity in the area is important to the community.
The road design will also include wider shoulders and improved intersections to adjacent roads.
A tender process is planned for late 2016 with construction anticipated to start in spring of 2017.