Agassiz/Kent/Rosedale -MAY 17 UPDATE – In time for the long weekend, drivers will be back on both lanes, and cyclists and pedestrians will be able to use the wider and safer pathways, when crossing the Rosedale overhead bridge on Highway 9 in the coming days.
Construction started in August 2017, and included upgrading the original bridge built in the 1950s to modern-day safety and seismic standards. Along with a seismic retrofit, the bridge deck was widened to allow two-metre shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists, with steel fencing for added safety.
Crews continue to complete finishing touches, which include final paving and general clean-up, and expect to be finished later this spring.
The ministry appreciates the patience of commuters and residents while crews complete this safety improvement project valued at $9.3 million.
MAY 1 ORIGINAL STORY – The Rosedale Overhead seismic upgrade is progressing on schedule, even though we continue to suffer with traffic delays at the temporary stop light.
In August 2017 FVN reported that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure awarded a $3.7-million contract to Tybo Contracting Ltd. to carry out the Rosedale Overhead seismic upgrade, along with cycling and pedestrian improvements to the crossing.
This seismic and safety upgrade is expected to be complete by the summer of 2018.
The work includes:
- a seismic upgrade to the structure;
- the widening of the bridge deck; and
- steel fencing on both sides of the structure.
The existing bridge deck is narrow, requiring traffic to navigate around cyclists and pedestrians, creating hazardous conditions for all road users. The project will provide steel fencing on both sides of the structure, with two-metre shoulders, allowing a safe pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.
The ministry has been working in close partnership with the Cheam First Nation on this project. The Cheam First Nation is accommodating the ministry by providing access through its land.
This is all part of the $36 million in this two-phase highway rehabilitation project. These structures were built in the 1950s, and they require seismic and safety upgrades to maintain current levels of service for traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Thre are Two Project phases:
- Phase 1 – Design and construction of the Rosedale Overhead – work started in May 2017, and is scheduled for completion in spring of 2018.
- Phase 2 – Design and construction of the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge – design is taking place now, and the construction timeline is still being determined.