Peace River Bridge Project
Transportation officials in Alberta needed to boost capacity on the Peace River Bridge, a structure that sees more than 17,000 vehicles a day in the northern part of the province. Of special concern to emergency workers: the community hospital is on one side of the bridge, with schools, fire, and police on the other.
Another frustration for drivers and local government alike, in the event the existing bridge was unavailable to cross, the nearest alternate crossing was 45 miles away.
Enter Flatiron, which is constructing a new bridge structure for westbound traffic to function alongside the existing one, which will now handle eastbound travel. In all the project team is twinning about a mile of roadway to increase vehicle capacity.
The project includes 98 street upgrades, with two roadway interchanges being improved as well. Pedestrians will also have use of a walkway under the new bridge as well.
The project team also set a record by being the first ever to launch a 125 linear meter bridge span. The third and fourth spans of the project (from pier two to pier three, and from pier three to pier four) are 125 linear meters long.