Work to replace an aging bridge near Mackenzie is scheduled to begin early next year.
The provincial government says the new Parsnip River Bridge will replace the existing steel truss span built in 1953 with a wider, open-top structure and increased weight capacity.
A news release from the province says the new bridge will improved access between the Peace River region and the rest of BC.
The new $18.5 million bridge is expected to be fully operational in the fall of 2019, while deconstruction of the old bridge will be completed by spring 2020.
Replacement of the original bridge was announced by the previous provincial government and Ottawa in October of 2016.