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"If this keeps up, our legacy will be nothing but miles and miles of gravel roads."
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The construction of the Hwy 3 Loop Bridge Project (LBP) at Corbin road between Crowsnest Pass and Sparwood is expected to wrap up next month.
Cranbrook Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (CTMI) Communications Manager Jeff Knight said that while the project has been delayed, the contractor expects to finish construction by July 31st.
The LBP began in July 2009, after the British Columbia government announced that April that it would be investing $240 million in various highway upgrades and improvements throughout the province.
One of these projects was the replacement of the 53-year-old Loop Bridge and realignment of Hwy 3 over Michel Creek at Corbin Road.
As part of the Hwy 3 realignment, 1.8 kilometers of new roadway has been constructed just north of the existing highway path.
The project also includes improvement of the Corbin Road intersection and grade separation of the existing CPR crossing east of Sparwood.
 

“The project is being undertaken to improve safety,” said Knight. “The accident rate there was higher than the provincial average, so the new structure and its improved approaches will increase safety and the reliability of the highway.”
Great Circle Construction Company Ltd. was awarded the contract for approximately $7.2 million for design, engineering, construction, and replacement of the bridge, realignment of bridge approaches, construction of the overhead CPR crossing and relocation of the Corbin Road intersection and B.C. Hydro, Telus and Shaw utility lines.
The construction had an original projected completion date of Sept. 30th, 2010, but was pushed back ten months to July 15th, 2011.
“Difficulty securing reliable gravel supply last year, wet weather, and this year’s late spring were all factors that delayed the contractor,” said Knight.
Until construction is complete, motorists will continue to travel on the existing stretch of highway, with a reduced speed limit of 50 km/h.
“The Ministry will be paving the stretch we are currently using to get rid of some of the roughness during construction and to ensure it is drive-able,” said Harold Schwindt of Mainroad Ltd., the ministry’s local area highway contractor responsible for road maintenance.
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