Posted on Jul 7, 2017

Funding for Bridge Twinning in Peace River

Deputy Reeve Carolyn Kolebaba, Minister Amarjeet Sohi, MLA Debbie Jabbour, and Mayor Tom Tarpey stand on a riverside trail with the old bridge behind them.

Deputy Reeve Carolyn Kolebaba, Minister Amarjeet Sohi, MLA Debbie Jabbour, and Mayor Tom Tarpey.

One of the first concerns residents brought to me after I was elected was the need for a new bridge in Peace River. The bridge is 49 years old, and when it was built in 1968 was designed to handle 3,500 vehicles per day. It now accommodates 17,000 per day.

I’m thrilled the government has made this a priority. This project will reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and safety, and create jobs in our community. The new bridge will address some of the transportation challenges we face in the north, and we’re very excited to see it become a reality.

Thanks to the $74 million in federal funding and $88 million from the province, work on the new bridge will begin this fall with construction expected to be finished in 2020. In addition to new traffic lanes, the project will also include a lower deck pedestrian bridge, which will make the bridge crossing accessible and safe for everyone.

Peace River is the true gateway to the North.  The bridge twinning project will grow our economy and make life better for families in our region.  When the North prospers, all of Alberta prospers.  

 

Link to Alberta's funding announcement

Link to Alberta Transportation's page on the project