STEWART, BC: The Nass River Bridge replacement project on Highway 37 east of Stewart is complete.
This new bridge provides enhanced safety, capacity and efficiency for everyone who relies on this vital transportation corridor in B.C.’s northwest.
Crews and Minister Doug Donaldson visited the new Nass River Bridge on Oct. 18, 2019.
“The new Nass River Bridge will better connect B.C.’s northern resource communities to the rest of the province,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and MLA for Stikine, on behalf of Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Forestry, mining and tourism are all important to the Northwest, and this two-lane upgrade to the Nass River crossing will support trade and economic growth in the region for years to come. It’s also a safer, modern piece of infrastructure that local and regional residents deserve.”
The new bridge replaces a single-lane bridge built in 1972. It features two lanes and wider shoulders, improving safety and modernizing the crossing for cyclists, pedestrians and all area residents. The wider span will accommodate the larger vehicles used by industry in the region.
The new bridge, in combination with the realignment of one kilometre of Highway 37, permits the removal of the 30 kilometre-per-hour speed limit on the bridge and allows for a consistent 90 kilometre-per-hour speed limit along the corridor. The project includes an improved rest stop and a new lookout for viewing the Nass River Canyon.
Highway 37 provides a crucial north/south connection between Yukon Territory and Alaska to the north, and Terrace and Kitimat to the south, while connecting with Highway 16, a primary east/west route throughout British Columbia.
The total value of the project, including planning, design and engineering work and construction, is $30.5 million. The Government of Canada contributed $10.6 million to this project through the New Building Canada Fund and the Government of British Columbia covered the remaining costs.