Province announces reconstruction of Parsnip River Bridge near Mackenzie Junction

A Google Street View image of the Parsnip River Bridge on Highway 97 near Mackenzie.

MACKENZIE, B.C. – The provincial government announced yesterday that the Parsnip River Bridge on Highway 97 at the Mackenzie Junction will be rebuilt, beginning next fall.

The current steel truss bridge, which was built in 1953 will be replaced with a wider, open-top structure that will be able to handle larger loads, and will eliminate the current height restrictions on the bridge. Construction on the new bridge is scheduled to begin in the fall 2017, and should be completed by the summer of 2019. The project is the second major bridge replacement on Highway 97 between Prince George and the Peace Region, after work began on replacing the Salmon River bridge near Prince George earlier this year.

“We are continuing work to upgrade Highway 97 to ensure the safe, efficient movement of goods to support our resource sectors, as we committed to in B.C. on the Move,” said Transportation Minister Todd Stone. “The replacement of the Parsnip River Bridge will remove another height restriction from this corridor, and help keep commercial traffic flowing safely and smoothly.”

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $13,653,246 in funding, while the Province will contribute the remaining funds to build the new bridge, which is estimated to cost approximately $31.6 million in total.