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The existing truss bridge (also known as blue bridge) was in poor condition, maintenance cost had increased and it required replacement. The bridge had width and height restrictions.
To improve the infrastructure and facilitate the business community, travelling public and residents of Grande Cache, a new bridge was planned next to the existing blue bridge.
The new, wider concrete deck bridge with steel girders was constructed next to the old blue bridge on Highway 40 over Smoky River.
About 3/4 km of approach road was constructed on either side of the new bridge to meet its new alignment.
The new bridge is not a steel truss bridge, so there are no height restrictions.
This project also created a new access to the park and boat launch area.
The blue bridge was removed from the system permanently upon completion of the new bridge.
PCL Construction Management Inc. was awarded with the construction contract. Design and construction supervision services were provided by Dialog.
Construction spring 2017 to summer 2019
The construction began in April 2017. The bridge and approach road was completed in fall 2018 and the new bridge was opened for traffic.
The existing truss bridge was removed in winter of 2018-19.
Project completion and cleanup.
For more information about the Smoky River Bridge replacement contact Rashid Ahmad, P. Eng., Bridge Engineer:
Transportation – Peace Region
Room 101, Provincial Building
9621 96 Avenue
Peace River, Alberta T8S 1T4