The Barriere River Bridge, is scheduled for a much needed repair as pointed out in a 2019 inspection report for the municipality. The report indicated the bridge would require imminent repairs to maintain the structural integrity of the water main that is suspended from the bridge.
This necessary work was originally identified in the district’s 2019 Strategic Plan. As a result, Westedge Engineering from Kamloops was retained last fall to carry out a site investigation and provide engineered drawings and specifications for the bridge deck repairs which have now been received. The report advises the necessary repairs should be completed as soon as possible, and that the work go out for tender this spring.
Westedge estimates the repair cost will be upwards of $100,000, plus the cost of engineering field reviews and preparation of the tender documents.
During last Monday’s District of Barriere council meeting the recommendation from staff was that ‘RFT21-02 Barriere River Bridge Repairs be posted and brought back to council for confirmation of award’ was approved.
It was also noted that the Westedge estimate does not include temporarily re-routing the water main along the bridge to facilitate the work, or that a civil engineer will need to be consulted for the water main relocation.
Staff noted that at this time costs for the repairs will be covered by the district’s Road Reserve budget.