Graham wins contract to replace Yukon’s Nisutlin Bay Bridge
By Adam FreillBridges Construction Infrastructure Roads
Largest capital project in Yukon history will update critical transportation link along the Alaska Highway.
The Yukon government’s Nisutlin Bay Bridge replacement project has been awarded to Graham Infrastructure LP for $160 million.
The new Nisutlin Bay Bridge will be the largest capital project in Yukon history. An important crossing to the community, the bridge serves as a critical transportation link for the territory. An important landmark for the community of Teslin, the bridge is a key gateway to the Yukon and a critical transportation link along the Alaska Highway.
In 2019, the Government of Yukon and the Teslin Tlingit Council signed a project charter for the bridge replacement. Originally designed in 1953, the bridge is nearing the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
The new structure was designed with input from the community and in collaboration with the Teslin Tlingit Council, and is expected to create many local and First Nations jobs during its construction, which will begin in the coming weeks and be complete in 2026.
In addition to being safer for drivers and pedestrians, it will accommodate increased traffic volumes and can also handle larger loads of commercial and strategic goods to supply the Yukon and Alaska.
“This project is an excellent example of the benefits provided by the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy and will create jobs for Teslin Tlinglit community members and Yukoners,” stated Nils Clarke, Minister of Highways and Public Works. “I look forward to seeing this new bridge constructed to continue allowing travellers and goods to enter the territory while better protecting the safety of drivers and pedestrians for years to come.”
“Replacing the iconic Nisutlin Bay Bridge is a major project for our community, the largest in recent memory,” added Eric Morris, Naa Shaáde Háni of Teslin Tlingit Council. “We look forward to continuing to work with Yukon government and Graham Infrastructure LP to maximize the economic benefits for the community while minimizing the social impacts of the project.”