A 72-year-old bridge in the Town of Athabasca is being replaced with a new, $70-million structure.
Alberta-based Alberco Construction Ltd. will begin work in late summer. The project will support more than 400 jobs during construction.
“The existing bridge is old, too narrow and has served its useful life. The new bridge will support economic development, improvements to safety and commuter traffic in and around Athabasca, and provide a connection for area Indigenous communities,” said Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation.
- The existing bridge spanning the Athabasca River was built in 1950 and includes a wooden plank bridge deck.
- Design, utility relocations and right-of-way acquisition were completed between 2017 and 2022.
- The new bridge is expected to open to traffic in 2025.
- The new bridge will include:
- two 3.7-metre-wide lanes with 1.8-metre-wide shoulders on either side
- a 2.5-metre sidewalk on the south side of the bridge
Featured image: (Alberta Transportation)