September 4, 2013
Preliminary work starts on new bridge in Shuswap region
The Government of British Columbia will put $3 million towards the design and construction of a new bridge on Highway 97A over Hummingbird Creek in the Shuswap region.
Preliminary design work is underway on a new clear span concrete structure to replace the existing culvert. The design is expected to be completed by next spring, with construction to follow later in 2014.
Work on the project will also include removal of some of the gravel bed load from the creek near the outlet to Mara Lake, and strengthening of 120 metres of creek bank adjacent to the Hummingbird Beach Resort, scheduled to begin in the fall.
Following flood damage to the highway in June 2012, Golder and Associates was commissioned by the province to design creek repairs to restore the channel to its previous condition. The engineering firm also assessed the existing highway culvert capacity.
According to a Golder and Associates report, the existing culvert does not meet the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s requirements for flow capacity, and the ministry will install the new bridge to span the stream.
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