Prince George, British Columbia – A project that twinned the Simon Fraser Bridge in Prince George, British Columbia has officially opened.
“The Simon Fraser Bridge is a key component of our Cariboo Connector strategy,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We recognize that Highway 97 is an essential part of our trade corridor and ongoing economic development opportunities. We also know that it is used daily by residents and tourists alike. We will continue in our commitment to improve important northern highways and infrastructure like the Simon Fraser Bridge.”
The twinned Simon Fraser Bridge doubles the number of lanes from two to four. The four lanes across the Fraser River will connect to the four lanes of Highway 97 north to the Queensway Interchange and south to Sintich Road. The bridge also includes a joint pedestrian and bicycle lane linking to trails in the Prince George area.
Twinning the bridge will reduce traffic congestion and save travel time while improving highway safety. It will also bolster connections between the Prince George Inland Container Terminal, the Prince George Airport, and the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert as part of the Asia Pacific Gateway Strategy. The $43 million project will increase the capacity across the Fraser River for over 21,00 vehicles daily.