PEACE RIVER, ALTA. - The federal and Alberta governments have announced more than $162 million in funding to twin the Peace River Bridge.
The Alberta government will invest approximately $88 million into the project, with the federal government contributing over $74 million.
Twinning the bridge is meant to improve the capacity and flow of traffic over the Peace River by constructing a second bridge for westbound traffic.
"One of the first concerns I heard about after being elected was the need for a new Peace River bridge. I'm thrilled the government has made this a priority. This project will reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, access, safety and create jobs. The new bridge will address some of the transportation challenges we face in the north and we are very excited to see it become a reality," said Peace River MLA Debbie Jabbour in a statement.
Funding will also be used to create an underslung pedestrian bridge and upgrades will take place at the 98th Street and Shaftesbury interchanges.
"In 2018 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Peace River Bridge. As the economy of the town and region have grown, transportation has become a critical component of the area's continued growth," added Peace River mayor Tom Tarpey. "We welcome the twinning of the bridge and the opportunities it represents, not only in terms of construction jobs but also its role as an essential link for the area. The new bridge will increase not only emergency access for all residents but also provide a vital transportation corridor to facilitate development in the north."