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Repair of Kaslo Bridge set to begin on B.C.’s Highway 31


May 6, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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Photo: Province of British Columbia

Work is about to start on a project to replace the existing Kaslo Bridge on Highway 31 with a new wider bridge.

The new bridge will boost safety, and capacity, for people travelling this route, according to a press release from the British Columbia government.

The existing Kaslo Bridge, which crosses the Kaslo River at the south entrance to the community, was built in 1966. The two-lane timber bridge is nearing the end of its service life and is ready to be replaced.

It will be replaced with a new, two-lane steel and concrete bridge, built to modern-day standards with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years. Once built, the new bridge will improve safety, reliability and capacity for drivers, making the route safer for cyclists and pedestrians with two-metre shoulders and a barrier-separated sidewalk. The new bridge will improve access and connectivity with the local road and trail network.

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The project will also improve safety for drivers by aligning the intersection of Spruce Avenue and F Avenue, making it easier to navigate.

The contract has been awarded to BD Hall Constructors Corp. for $6.19 million. Construction is anticipated to start in mid-May and finish by November 2021.

Provincial construction sites have protocols and policies in place following the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include physical distancing and other protocols to ensure worker and public safety.