This release was issued under a previous government.

Following flooding at the site west of Bragg Creek, crews worked quickly to install a temporary crossing that would serve as the only access into the area. Throughout the  summer and fall, travel was restricted and speeds were reduced on this single-lane, temporary bridge.

Now, just six months later, thanks to an impressive project schedule and innovative thinking, Alberta Transportation is ready to fully open the bridge to two-lane traffic, improving travel in the region.

“Opening this bridge is one more example of our government’s commitment to help Albertans recover from this summer’s devastating floods. Our teams worked hard and smart to streamline permitting and identify efficiencies.”

- Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation

Opening the permanent bridge gives recreational users better access to this popular travel destination.

“We have been making steady progress on restoring infrastructure that supports access to provincial parks in Kananaskis Country. It’s important to Albertans and to visitors from around the world that we continue our efforts toward recovery, because people are passionate about our parks.”

- Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

ISL Engineering and Land Services, responsible for design and inspection, worked with the Province to take innovative approaches on this project, including designing the bridge girders to accommodate highway traffic on a wooden deck. This allowed Graham Construction to work in stages – opening the bridge now and pouring the concrete deck next spring. The innovation means improved access to this important winter playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

By the numbers

  • $4.0 million to repair the damaged bridge
  • 7,080 worker hours (will increase with final deck pour)
  • 200 equipment hours (will increase with final deck pour)
  • 12,000 cubic metres of rock backfill
  • 2,965 cubic metres of boulders to stop erosion
  • 306 cubic metres of concrete poured to stabilize the bridge abutments

Additional Information

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

As communities continue to rebuild following the recent floods, the Redford government is committed to providing accurate and timely information to Albertans related to the cost of rebuilding Alberta and helping residents.

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1 Hwy 66 - Elbow River washed out Bridge Aug 2013

Photo Gallery: Flood damage repairs from start to finish

Interactive Map: Flood damaged highways


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