The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) continues with engineering work for the possible replacement of Quick Bridge, 35 km E of Smithers. The replacement decision is based on the age of the existing timber structure as well as the increasing load bearing restrictions (e.g. the structure may not support the weight of maintenance equipment and may limit the ability to provide maintenance services according to Ministry specifications). MOTI is in the design process creating a shelf ready project so construction can take place when funding becomes available.
After a meeting with the local community at the Round Lake Hall in October 2010 some concerns were raised about the appearance of the proposed replacement structure. The Ministry has taken these concerns into consideration. A new structure would use the current alignment and potentially use the existing piers, limiting the disruption to the Bulkley River and surrounding lands.
The ministry is working to ensure the community continues to have a safe and reliable bridge across the Bulkley River. The Ministry appreciates any input and comments. Questions can be sent by e-mail to the District Manager: Carl.Lutz@gov.bc.ca or by mail to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Bag 5000, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0.