The District of Kitimat have completed all the tree removal and grubbing necessary to build the new Haisla Bridge. The bridge is expected to be up and running by 2023. (Black Press file)

The District of Kitimat have completed all the tree removal and grubbing necessary to build the new Haisla Bridge. The bridge is expected to be up and running by 2023. (Black Press file)

Next steps coming for Haisla Bridge Replacement Project

The district plans on the new bridge being operational by 2023.

The District of Kitimat (DoK) is looking towards the next stages of the Haisla Bridge Replacement Project as tree clearing and grubbing are now complete.

Construction of the new bridge is expected to begin this summer and the district plans on it being operational in 2023.

The bridge is being replaced to provide safe and reliable access across the Kitimat River for years to come.

The new bridge will be built adjacent to the existing bridge and will provide safe crossing for all users, cyclists, and pedestrians included and will have an improved connection to the Kitimat trail network. Once the new bridge is complete, the district will demolish the existing bridge.

As the current bridge was originally built in 1954, according to the district, it is operating near the end of its intended design life. Through the Western Economic Diversification Canada department, the federal government has provided $55 million in funding to the District to cover costs for the construction of the new two-lane bridge and the demolition of the existing one.

The Haisla Bridge is a critical corridor between the community, industry and natural environments, which serves as a critical connection between the Canadian and global economies.

With growing economic activity in Kitimat, the District of Kitimat is expecting an increase in daily traffic volumes, oversize load deliveries, and construction traffic.

Email engineering@kitimat.ca, called 250-632-8900, or visit the District of Kitimat website for more information on the Haisla Bridge Replacement Project.

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