Parsnip River Bridge to be Replaced
Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris, Transportation Minister Todd Stone ( with coffee) Mackenzie Mayor Pat Crook (in white shirt) and some members of Council, look on as residents examine bridge plan – photo submitted
Mackenzie, B.C.- The Parsnip River Bridge on Highway 97 north will be replaced, and it is welcome news to Mackenzie Mayor Pat Crook.
“It’s great” says Mayor Crook who says the new crossing will improve safety “It’ll double the width of the bridge so we won’t be cramming up against the edges when a semi is going over the bridge at the same time, or bumping into each other.”
The Parsnip River bridge was originally built in 1953. The steel truss bridge will be replaced with a wider, open-top structure that can handle larger loads. That means current height restrictions will be eliminated and the bridge will have a greater capacity for heavier loads needed to service resource industries such as forestry, mining oil and gas.
Mayor Crook says a new Parsnip River crossing has been needed for years “Everybody has always complained about that bridge and the Salmon Valley Bridge.(which is also being replaced) And because of the size of vehicles that could travel the highway and the bigger equipment that can’t get through the bridges – this will open up the whole northeast of the province and bigger loads.”
The project is to be jointly funded with the Federal Government contributing just over $13.6 million and the Province of B.C. contributing just over $17.9 million . It is expected construction of the new crossing will start soon and be complete in the summer of 2019.