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Dehcho
Travel & Transport

Bridge at intersection of Dehcho highways to be replaced


A bridge across the Jean Marie River at the intersection of NWT Highways 1 and 7 is to be replaced by 2024, the territorial government says.

The existing single-span bridge, around 65 km outside the Dehcho community of Fort Simpson, is now more than 50 years old. The territory says a structural analysis suggests “insufficient capacity” for heavier truck loads.

“After assessment of the options of strengthening versus replacement, it was found that replacement of the bridge is more advantageous option,” a request for proposals recently issued by the territory states.

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Construction work scheduled to take place in 2024 is also expected to slightly elevate the bridge to move it fully above the expected 100-year flood high water mark.

Community engagements are anticipated in Jean Marie River, Fort Simpson and Nahanni Butte.

A precise estimate for the cost of replacing the bridge, built in 1969, was not given.

The GNWT has set a target date of January 2024 for construction to begin and October 15, 2024 for the new bridge to open.

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