A new three-lane bridge has opened in Peace River to help ease congestion for residents and industry, the Government of Alberta announced Monday.
Beginning in 2017, construction on the bridge was completed on time and within the allocated budget targets.
“We want a safer and stronger northwest Alberta and this new crossing provides just that,” said Transportation Minister Ric McIver.
“Twinning the Peace River bridge makes it safer and easier for Albertans to access business and services on both sides of the river. Building this bridge has created hundreds of jobs when Albertans have needed them most.”
The twinning project included a new pedestrian crossing under the new bridge, twinning a portion of Highway 2 and interchange improvements on either side of the bridge.
According to the government, twinning the bridge has improved critical connections through the community of Peace River and its construction supported more than 400 jobs.
“The Peace River bridge project, started three years ago, was completed on time and on budget,” said MLA Dan Williams.
“The twinning links our schools, hospital and services with our businesses on both sides of the mighty Peace River and is important not only for our community, but for the entire region.”
As part of a $162-million twinning project, the bridge will eventually accommodate westbound traffic upon completion of upgrades to the existing bridge, which will handle eastbound traffic.
“This bridge is and has been a great addition to our community,” said Peace River Mayor Tom Tarpey.
“Throughout construction it has bolstered the local economy. Peace River is the gateway to northwestern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. This second bridge is going to expand that economic portal. Infrastructure catalyzes development. Roads and bridges are the pipelines for Alberta’s most precious resource – its people.”
Upgrades to the existing bridge were announced as a part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. The rehabilitation will begin early next year with completion slated for fall 2022.