Engineers with the province are assessing what needs to be done to re-open Mission’s Dewdney Slough Bridge to vehicles.
The Transportation Ministry which is responsible for the structure says it doesn’t know how long it will take to repair weakened support piles.
The Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District, Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz, says this means a major detour of about 60 kilometres for about 3,500 people.
“It might seem like a small thing to some and a minor inconvenience when you look at the bridge it certainly hasn’t fallen down but it’s not safe to drive on,” Gaetz says.
“[The Transportation Ministry] will be the lead agency responding to the situation and ensure that the bridge is repaired and returned to a safe condition as quickly as possible.”
RCMP closed the bridge this morning after noticing it was sagging.
Foot traffic is now allowed across, Gaetz says this is a relief to parents whose kids’ schools are across the bridge.
Transportation Minister apologizes for closures, inconvenience
“Safety trumps everything, and I sincerely apologize on behalf of the Ministry.”
BC’s Transportation Minister says he’s sorry, after the temporary closure of a high-traffic bridge that links Mission to Hope.
Minister Todd Stone is apologizing after the closure of the Dewdney Slough Bridge, due to structural issues.
He says it could be closed for days, forcing drivers to take lengthy detours via highway one.
“It will result in a tremendous amount of inconvenience for a good number of people. The average annual daily traffic for this bridge is just under 17,000 per day, so it’s a heavily used bridge on an important corridor in the Lower Mainland.”