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FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro announced today that it, along with its contractor, has completed a temporary Peace River construction bridge. The Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, says the bridge was completed on time and on budget.

“BC Hydro is demonstrating that its construction planning is sound and its contractors are performing well. This is a good project for the province, just as previous large hydro projects were good for B.C.,” Bennett added.

The provincial power utility’s vice-president and project director for Site C, Diane McSherry, said their schedule required the bridge to be done by the end of March.

The 329-metre bridge connects the north and south banks of the Site C construction site and will be used to transport people, machinery and materials across the river.

The bridge, supported on 68 steel pipe piles with 17 steel, two concrete pile cap beams, 180 precast concrete deck panels, is also critical for the mobilization of the main civil works contractor, according to Hydro.

Construction of the bridge was undertaken by Prince George-based Ruskin Construction and a First Nations joint venture partner. About 35 workers were involved in its construction.

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said completion of the bridge will help Site C move forward.

“As a company based in northern B.C., we’re pleased to be part of this legacy project benefiting the province,” said Jim Basha, President of Ruskin Construction.

“Our team worked really hard to build the bridge on schedule, and I’m very proud of our employees and our First Nations’ partners who made this project a success.”

With the bridge in place, the main civil works contractor will mobilize to the Site C dam site and begin earthworks to construct the dam. The mobilization will involve the preparation of site offices and a parking lot as well as laydown and stockpile areas.

The temporary construction bridge will be removed after the completion of construction.

Construction of Site C started last summer and is expected to be completed in 2024. Once built, BC Hydro says Site C will provide electricity in B.C. for more than 100 years.

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