Work Begins This Spring On Coquihalla’s Dry Gulch Bridge

Coquihalla Highway – A major bridge rehabilitation project on the Coquihalla Highway will begin this spring, extending the life of this steel-arch bridge, as well as increasing safety along this important corridor.

“Crews will start work this spring to rehabilitate and resurface the Dry Gulch Bridge, which is located near the summit of the Coquihalla,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “This is the first major rehabilitation on the Dry Gulch Bridge since it was built in 1985 and is an excellent example of the investment our government has made towards bridge repairs and replacements.”

All four lanes of the bridge deck will be resurfaced, and the abutment bearings and expansion joints will be replaced.

“Highway 5 is a vital link in our transportation network and a critical trade corridor linking the Lower Mainland with the rest of Canada,” said MLA for Fraser-Nicola, Jackie Tegart. “Therefore, it is critical we keep this highway – and all highways throughout the province – in good condition, with well-timed rehabilitation.”

This project is now tendered on BC Bid. Once completed in the fall of 2017, this project will provide an improved road surface and will extend the life of the bridge deck. Close to 20 direct jobs are expected to be created over the life of the project.

The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure projects throughout the province – and in doing so, these construction projects are creating well-paying, family supporting jobs. These investments are possible because of the fiscal plan of the B.C. government.

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