April 29, 2005

Governments contribute $1.3 million for new bridge on Alaska Highway

Whitehorse, Yukon – The governments of Canada and the Yukon announced $1.3 million in funding for the rehabilitation of the Takhini River Bridge along the Alaska Highway. The funds will be used to increase load capacity and improve highway safety.

The Takhini River Bridge is located about 45 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse. It is part of the primary east-west trade route for Yukon, along the Alaska Highway, that serves as a corridor connecting southern Canada to points in the north.

The Takhini River Bridge has undergone many improvements since it was built in 1968. In 1991, it was strengthened by adding extra thicknesses of steel to the trusses, and in 1997 major deck patching was done.

This project will replace the deteriorated bridge deck, increase load capacity and increase the seismic resistance of the bridge. The Government of Yukon anticipates tendering the project later this spring and the work will take up to one year to complete.

The governments of Canada and Yukon are each contributing half of the funding to rehabilitate the bridge under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program.

“This is an important project for Yukon,” said Mr. Bagnell. “The rehabilitation of this bridge will help ensure that Yukoners receive necessary goods and supplies reliably and economically.”

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