Simon Fraser Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Simon Fraser Bridge replacement

This project is to replace the deck and rehabilitate the sub-deck of the southbound Simon Fraser Bridge on Highway 97 in Prince George, and to replace the north abutment to improve the current underpass height restrictions, so taller transport trucks can pass underneath on Queensway/Ferry Avenue.

The original Simon Fraser Bridge was built in 1963 and is still the main north/south route through Prince George. In 2009, the bridge was “twinned,” with the completion of an adjacent northbound two-lane bridge, which brought crossing to four-lane capacity. This project will extend the life and improve the driveability of the older bridge through this busy route.

Other works include replacing the existing railings on both sides of the bridge with crash tested bridge barriers, and wider shoulders.

Project Cost

The total project budget for this work is $20.5 million, and the Province has awarded the contract to Ruskin Construction Ltd., based in Prince George.

Status

Mobilization to the site will begin in early January.

Project Benefits

  • Full deck replacement and strengthening of the truss,
  • replacement of the north abutment to improve the current underpass height restrictions,
  • replacement of the railing on both sides of the bridge for improved safety
  • adjustments to the deck configuration to increase the width of the traveling lanes.

Traffic Management

Starting at the end of January, southbound traffic will merge from two-lanes to one and cross using the newer northbound bridge. This means the crossing will be reduced to 2-lane traffic instead of 4. This arrangement will be in place until late fall 2022.

The Ministry and the construction contractor thanks the traveling public for their patience while this important piece of infrastructure is improved, and reminds all drivers to check DriveBC.ca for the most up-to-date highway travel information.