Friday January 6, 2012

BC Gov't News

Bridging the Gaps In Infrastructure

Investments provide extra lifeline in emergency

Released by the BC Gov't/Voice file photo


he B.C. Government has invested $400,000 to replace the aging McCombs Drive Bridges. The North and South McCombs Drive Bridges provide an alternate route in and out of Harrison Hot Springs village.


The two aging wood structures have been replaced with new concrete and steel bridges, and include new signage and walking and cycling paths. Both bridges are now open to the public.


"The aging McCombs Drive Bridges have been a safety concern for many years and as I get ready to leave my position as MLA for this area, I'm honoured to have been able to lend a helping hand to make this project a reality," said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner. "These new bridges will make the route safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians for many years, and I look forward to continuing to visit Harrison with my wife and daughter, long after I have left public office."

Why this matters:

  • The original bridges were wood structures built in the 1950s. Over the years, deterioration resulted in the load limits being reduced to one tonne for both bridges.

  • Replacing the older bridges with new structures and separated pathways improves pedestrian and cyclist safety along the route.

  • The new bridges will provide continued access to an alternate route through the village in the event of an emergency.

  • The new structures will serve approximately 1,573 residents as well as thousands of seasonal visitors to Harrison Hot Springs.

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