A project worth more than $900,000 will be underway this spring to replace the existing Bailey bridge over KLO Creek on the Equity Mine Road near Houston.
The new bridge will be a 45-metre steel and concrete structure. This contract has been awarded to IOTA Construction Ltd.
This replacement will benefit residents in the Houston region by ensuring the safety and reliability of this important rural infrastructure which provides access to support recreational users and the resource industry.
The existing structure was load-rated to 40 tonnes. The new bridge will allow for full highway loading which will benefit commercial users including the forest and mining industry.
Work is scheduled to begin in June with completion by fall 2011.
The bridge abutments will be moved further from the stream bank and riprap protection will be installed at the site to reduce impact to the stream.
The project is approximately 25 kilometres south of Houston.
The bridge will be closed for up to two weeks with alternate routes available via local resource roads.