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HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — BC Hydro recently hit another milestone in its Highway 29 realignment project with the opening of the Cache Creek bridge.

The bridge opened earlier this month after being under construction since 2019.

The Cache Creek bridge is nearly 600 metres in length and 46 metres high. The reservoir depth is expected to be 32 metres at the bridge.

There are seven areas where realignment is needed for the road to avoid the reservoir that the Site C dam will eventually create. These areas are Cache Creek East, Cache Creek West, Dry Creek, Farrell Creek, Farrell Creek East, Halfway River and Lynx Creek.

According to BC Hydro, realigning each of these segments includes geotechnical, environmental and archeological studies, geotechnical stabilization works and moving electrical and phone lines to accommodate the new highway’s construction.

The Farrell Creek, Dry Creek, and Lynx Creek bridges opened earlier this fall, and the colossal Halfway River bridge is expected to open in early 2023.

The Halfway River Bridge is the largest bridge in B.C. north of Kelowna.

With files from Jordan Prentice.

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Spencer Hall is a news reporter for energeticcity.ca and a recent graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Radio Arts & Entertainment program. Growing up in Northwest B.C. made Spencer aware of the importance of local journalism, independent media, and reconciliation. In his spare time, you can find Spencer reading, playing video games, or at the FSJ dog park with his dog, Teddy.