Kusawa bridge closed

The Kusawa Lake campground bridge is out of service until June 11. Only 26 of 56 campsites will be accessible following today’s closure of…

The Kusawa Lake campground bridge is out of service until June 11.

Only 26 of 56 campsites will be accessible following today’s closure of kilometres 24 to 26 on Kusawa Lake Road, 64 kilometres west of Whitehorse along the Alaska Highway.

“The primary campground is still in use; it’s just that you can’t get access to the secondary one,” said Doris Wurfbaum on behalf of Highways and Public Works.

People will still be able to access the second and third campgrounds either by walking or with an ATV after negotiating the creek on their own, she said.

The 13.5-metre-long bridge is being restored at a cost of $90,000.

“They’re replacing the timber bridge and deck because the timber was deteriorating,” said Wurfbaum.

The steel support girders will be inspected for integrity, but will likely stay in place. The facelift is expected to extend the life of the bridge by another 20 to 30 years. (RC)

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