The federal and provincial governments announced funding for the twinning of the Peace River bridge today.
In total, Peace River will receive $162 million.
Alberta’s NDP Government will be forking up $88 million and the Trudeau Government is contributing $74 million.
“In 2018, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Peace River bridge. As the economy of the town and region have grown, transportation has become a critical component of the area’s continued growth. We welcome the twinning of the bridge and the opportunities it represents, not only in terms of construction jobs but also its role as an essential link for the area. The new bridge will increase not only emergency access for all residents but also provide a vital transportation corridor to facilitate development in the north,” said Tom Tarpey, Mayor of Peace River.
The $162 million project will see a second bridge constructed and serve all westbound traffic, while the current bridge will serve eastbound motorists.
“One of the first concerns I heard about after being elected was the need for a new Peace River bridge. I’m thrilled the government has made this a priority. This project will reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, access, safety, and create jobs. The new bridge will address some of the transportation challenges we face in the north, and we are very excited to see it become a reality,” explained Debbie Jabbour, Peace River MLA.
Pedestrians will be safer too, as a walkway will be built underneath the new bridge.
Construction is expected to begin this fall with a completion date of fall 2020.