The Chehalis River Bridge was built in 1950 and is scheduled to be replaced with a two-lane bridge by next fall. (Photo/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Single-lane Chehalis River Bridge to be replaced with two-lane bridge this summer

Construction slated for July

  • Jun. 24, 2021 12:00 a.m.

Work begins this summer to replace the Chehalis River Bridge on Morris Valley Road.

The provinical government recently announced the construction project, saying replacing the old single-lane bridge would significantly improve road access for residents in Hemlock Valley.

“The replacement of the old single-lane bridge over the Chehalis River will be a big improvement for the many people who rely on Morris Valley Road,” said Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon. “The new two-lane bridge will make travel safer and will serve area residents for many years to come.”

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The current bridge was built in 1950, made of timber and located six kilometres north of Highway 7.

The new structure would be a two-lane bridge 96 metres long built on the downstream side of the current bridge. The new design includes a sidewalk for pedestrians and cyclists. The cost of the project is estimated at $7.3 million.

Construction is slated to begin in July and be completed by next fall. The old bridge will be demolished and removed upon completion.

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