Sicamous bridge project a really big deal

Bruhn Bridge replacement will be the biggest road infrastructure project the community has seen in a long time.

No offence to Sicamous’ future roundabout/traffic circle, but it’s fairly safe to say the replacement of the Bruhn Bridge will be the biggest road infrastructure project the community has seen in a long time.

There is no denying the bridge is due for replacement.

The structure looks like a zombie-version of its former self, with missing concrete exposed rebar all over (much of this was the result of structural work that took place in 2011 after a three-foot long by three-inch thick piece of concrete broke off the outside deck and fell into a boat travelling below).

Most of us have been stopped in traffic on either end of the bridge at one time or another as Highways crews do their not-infrequent patching/maintenance on the bridge.

Anyone who has ever walked across the structure during heavy traffic knows how stable it feels.

And then there’s the Old Spallumcheen Road turnoff, which may have sort have been OK for the traffic volumes of the 1960s (the bridge opened in 1962 as the Sicamous Narrows Bridge, and was renamed the R.W. Bruhn Bridge the following year). Nowadays, though, this intersection is simply a danger in need of a solution.

A Ministry of Transportation document suggests one solution is to remove the Old Spallumcheen Road/Trans-Canada Highway intersection  altogether and provide access to the west side with a new bridge at Main Street (along with a new four-lane bridge to replace the Bruhn).

This two-bridge option, preferred by local governments, including Sicamous council, would provide an alternate crossing when the Bruhn is being replaced, as well as a potential community asset that would enable further development of the west side. It might also come packaged with a significant future maintenance expense for the district.

It’s important to stress that no firm decisions have been made, that any construction is potentially a long way off and that nothing will be done before public consultation occurs. It’s important residents have a look at and mull over the options. Whichever one is chosen, this project is sure to have a massive impact on the community.

 

Just Posted

One fatality in Highway 97 collision in Vernon

Two vehicles involved in crash that has halted traffic

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler pleads not guilty in U.S. court

Colin Martin continues to fight allegations relating to cross-border drug smuggling operation

UPDATE: Police pursuit of wanted man ends in Sicamous roundabout

Manitoba man facing multiple charges following collision with SUV

Silver Creek Library hours cut back

Rural library branch loses seven operating hours a week

What’s happening

Find out about events happening in your community this weekend

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Mr. Mikes to open in place of Urban Market

Restaurant expected to be open by the summer

Search and rescue aircraft trains over Salmon Arm

The plane parachute dropped two search-and-rescue techs as part of a training exercise

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read