Please note: Much of the information on this page comes from the Government of Alberta, it is reposted here to help inform residents of Peace River.
Peace River Bridge Twinning Project
A joint venture of Flatiron Construction and Aecon has been selected by Alberta Transportation to construct the Peace River Bridge structure and carry out the twinning of Highway 2, including 1.6km through the Town of Peace River.
Construction activity is anticipated to begin in October and conclude in October 2020.
Pier construction started in February 2018. Motorists are advised that 94th Street near the existing bridge will be an active construction site for the remainder of the 2018 construction season. As part of the ongoing construction for the Peace River Bridge, an access road has been built through the dyke, just north of the existing bridge. For more information on timeframes for monitoring river conditions and re-instating the dyke please click here.
Reconstruction of 98th Street overpass on Highway 2 is scheduled to begin in mid-March. Motorists are advised that Highway 2 ramps for the Town of Peace River will be closed at this time, and there will be no through traffic under the overpass. Motorists will need to use the 100th Street interchange located east of the 98th Street interchange.
The first information session was held June 13th, 2017 at the Belle Petroleum Center in Peace River. AECOM and Alberta Transportation representatives were in attendance to outline the project with attendees. To view the boards that were presented at the information session, click here.
A second information session was held on February 22, 2018 at the Belle Petroleum Center in Peace River. Alberta Transportation , AECOM and FAJV representatives were in attendance to update the public on Peace River Bridge construction, traffic impacts and 98th Street and Hwy 684 closures, including detours associated. To view the boards that were presented at the information session, please click here.
Interested in working on the Bridge Project? Flatiron, the general contractor, has a listing online of positions they need to fill. For details visit their website.
The Alberta Government is investing in a major infrastructure improvement project in Peace River—constructing a new bridge and twinning Highway 2 through town, between the 100 Avenue interchange and Shaftesbury interchange (Highway 684). This upgrade will reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and safety for travellers, local residents and businesses and create hundreds of employment opportunities in the region.
The existing Peace River Bridge, shown here, will be twinned as part of this project. This bridge will carry traffic east and the new bridge will carry traffic west.
The project includes the construction of a new bridge structure, with traffic flowing west through Peace River on the new bridge and east through Peace River on the old bridge, as well as the twinning of 1.6 kilometres of Highway 2 through Peace River. The new bridge will also have a pedestrian walkway built underneath, lit with colour-changing LED lights. This project also includes upgrades to the 98 Street and Shaftesbury interchanges.
This shows the work that will be done to twin Highway 2 through Peace River over the next four years.
Preliminary planning on the project got underway in 2001 with design work commencing in 2010. Necessary land to proceed was purchased in 2016 and the former Town of Peace River maintenance shop was demolished, while remediation work started at the former Peace River Public Works Site. Remediation work at the former Imperial Oil site will commence in early 2017. These two smaller projects both require completion before major construction starts.
The tender for the main construction project is expected to go out in spring 2017. Once the contract is awarded, construction is expected to get underway in summer 2017. The project is expected to take four full construction seasons—with weather and conditions permitting, project completion is anticipated in fall 2021. Once the contract is awarded, more detailed construction timelines and schedule of work will be available.
The Peace River bridge is a high traffic structure that is part of the National Highway System and sees over 17,000 vehicles per day, including industry and agriculture traffic. The nearest alternative route to cross the Peace River involves a 75 kilometre detour. Peace River’s hospital lies on one side of the bridge with schools, fire and police services on the other. This means that access to emergency services is an issue when a collision or bridge maintenance occurs. Twinning the Peace River Bridge will not only address emergency access and ease congestion within the Peace River community, it will also provide improved access to key resource industry areas in northern Alberta.
This project will help put Albertans to work, support families and local business and set the stage for future economic growth.
For more information on this project, please contact: Rashid Ahmad at 780-624-6280 or email@example.com.