The Yukon government’s Nisutlin Bay Bridge replacement project has been awarded to Graham Infrastructure LP for $160 million.
The new Nisutlin Bay Bridge will be the largest capital project in Yukon history. It is an incredibly important crossing to the community and serves as a critical transportation link for the territory, the nation and the continent.
“The Nisutlin Bay Bridge is an important landmark for Teslin, a key gateway to the Yukon and a critical transportation link along the Alaska Highway that keeps our communities connected,” said Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke. “This project is an excellent example of the benefits provided by the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy and will create jobs for Teslin Tlinglit community members and Yukoners. I look forward to seeing this new bridge constructed to continue allowing travellers and goods to enter the territory while better protecting the safety of drivers and pedestrians for years to come.”
In 2019, the Government of Yukon and the Teslin Tlingit Council signed a project charter for the bridge replacement. The new bridge was designed with input from the community and in collaboration with the Teslin Tlingit Council. The project will create many local and First Nations jobs over the coming years.
“Replacing the iconic Nisutlin Bay Bridge is a major project for our community, the largest in recent memory. We look forward to continuing to work with Yukon government and Graham Infrastructure LP to maximize the economic benefits for the community while minimizing the social impacts of the project,” said Naa Shaáde Háni of Teslin Tlingit Council Eric Morris.
The Nisutlin Bay Bridge is a critical link along the Alaska Highway and an important landmark for Teslin. Originally designed in 1953, the bridge is nearing the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. The new bridge will be safer for drivers and pedestrians and will accommodate increased traffic volumes. It can also handle larger loads of commercial and strategic goods to supply the Yukon and Alaska.
The project is anticipated to begin in the coming weeks and be complete in 2026.
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