Highway 3 - Lizard Creek Bridge Replacement Project

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is undertaking planning works to evaluate options to replace the Lizard Creek Bridge on Highway 3, just west of Fernie.

Replacing this bridge will support the vital commercial transportation sector, growing industrial activity and tourist traffic, while improving reliability and increasing safety for all highway users.

Built in 1953, the bridge is nearing the end of its service life. While the structure is still safe for users, it is time to begin planning for its replacement. The bridge sees an average of 5,800 vehicles per day (annual average), with summer volumes reaching approximately 9,800 vehicles per day. The bridge crosses Lizard Creek on Highway 3 to link Fernie to the west side of Highway 3, which includes access to the Fernie Alpine Resort on the west side of Lizard Creek Bridge.

Project details include:

  • New 2-lane structure with 3.6 m lanes, 2 m shoulders, and a 3 m barrier separated multi-use pathway on upstream side of bridge
  • Large animal crossing underneath both sides of new structure
  • Project will stay on existing highway alignment
  • 2 lane detour will be in effect during construction
  • Construction to be completed fall 2019

Project cost:

Project costs are still under development.

This project is in the detailed design stage.

Project Benefits

  • Improved safety, reliability and mobility
  • Barrier separated multi-use pathway supporting the communities active transportation goals
  • Wildlife crossing to help reduce conflicts with vehicles and large animals


  • Anticipated tender: February 2019
  • Anticipated construction start: April 2019
  • Anticipated construction completion: November 2019

Public Consultation & Design

The ministry is working closely with the Town of Fernie and the Fernie Trails Alliance to develop options for replacement.