June 5, 2018 by David Kennedy
SOOKE, B.C.—A West Coast contractor based in Maple Ridge, British Columbia has won a multimillion-dollar contract to replace a bridge on Vancouver Island west of Victoria.
The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure awarded the $3.6 million contract to North Gate Pacific Contracting Ltd. June. 5.
The project will replace the Roche Cove bridge on Gillespie Road, currently a single-lane timber bridge built in 1928, with a two-lane concrete bridge. The new span will also have 1.5-metre paved shoulders, making the crossing safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The province says the bridge is a popular alternative route during closures of nearby Highway 14.
The $3.6 million bridge is part of a $4.3 million project to improve road infrastructure on the southwest tip of Vancouver Island.
The new concrete bridge is expected to open to traffic this fall.