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New $224M bridge announced for Sicamous, B.C.

New bridge for Sicamous
The federal and provincial governments will be investing millions of dollars into improving a busy stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway near Sicamous. But there's still indecision about whether there will be one bridge or two. Jules Knox reports.

A new bridge in Sicamous, B.C., will be built, with federal and provincial funding kicking in $224.5 million for the project, politicians announced on Friday afternoon.

The new bridge will replace the existing Bruhn Bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway. According to officials, the Bruhn Bridge has reached the end of its lifespan. Officials also say the new R.W. Bruhn Bridge will offer improved traffic flow and will last for 75 years.

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“Replacing the Bruhn Bridge and widening the highway is important for safety and is integral to our government’s commitment to four-laning the Trans-Canada Highway,” said Claire Trevena, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We also want to ensure local communities benefit from public infrastructure spending so our Trans Canada upgrades will bring job and training opportunities to people in the region.”

Before the end of the year, one of two bridge options will be chosen for construction: a five-lane bridge replacement or a four-lane bridge replacement with a new Main Street bridge, both including improvements to the approach to the bridge.

“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of maintaining safe, efficient and reliable road networks that facilitate the movement of people and goods, link communities and encourage tourism,” said François-Philippe Champagne, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This vital bridge replacement along Highway 1 in Sicamous will ensure residents, tourists and businesses can move safely through the region for years to come.”