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.
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 protected].