PRINGE GEORGE, B.C. — A temporary bridge is now in place at the Willow Bridge crossing, and the Ministry of Transportation says it is stable enough to support trucks.
The original bridge collapsed under the weight of a transport hauling logging equipment about three weeks ago.
Delays of about 30 minutes are currently affecting traffic at the new crossing, while workers put the finishing touches in place. The new bridge has a capacity to support 63.5 tonnes, however, traffic along the Upper Fraser Road is restricted to 70 per cent of normal load capacity due to the spring thaw.
The cost of fixing the bridge is in the $700,000 range, and it’s still not clear who will be footing the bill — the Insurance Corp. of B.C. or the province’s Ministry of Transportation and Highways.
While the work is still wrapping up, detour routes will remain open, including the Beaver-Bateman forest service roads running southeast, then south to Hwy. 16. Truckers heading east can take the Bowron Forest Service Road east of the Upper Fraser.
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