Ross River bridge awaits stabilization

The government continues to work towards the stabilization of the Ross River bridge. 

The government continues to work towards the stabilization of the Ross River bridge.

It promised it would request proposals to save the bridge back in March after residents protested plans to tear it down.

The government has recently received a technical assessment on the condition of the bridge, confirmed cabinet spokesperson Elaine Schiman last week.

“The purpose for that was to make sure we have information that would put us in a position to have a successful RFP (request for proposal) process,” she said.

“We have been reviewing it over this last couple of weeks and we hope to be able to announce next steps very soon, but we don’t have that information just yet.”

Meanwhile the Ross River ferry is operating on a limited schedule this season because of the potential threat that the bridge poses. An engineer has found that the structure is at imminent risk of collapse.

The Pelly barge has been operating from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week, confirmed Kendra Black, spokesperson for Highways and Public Works.

A rescue boat is on standby for all crossings, and all passengers are required to sign a waiver.

There has been only one disruption in service, due to a fuel line failure on the barge, said Black.

The ferry was out of commission for about a day and a half for repairs.

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