The Haisla Bridge in Kitimat is nearing the end of its useful life and the city is deciding whether to replace or repair it.
Mayor Phil Germuth says issues with the bridge came to light during the smelter modernization with weight and size restrictions.
He says if any other major industrial project gets underway, the bridge could become a major bottleneck.
Mayor Germuth adds the bridge also needs to be shut down every year for major repair work.
He says council originally thought replacing the bridge was the best option, but after a cost assessment, they’re now considering all available options.
The current bridge would remain in use until a new bridge is built if they go with that option, Germuth says construction for a new bridge would take two years.
Germuth adds this is a good time to work on the bridge as there aren’t any major industrial projects at this time.