Drivers are advised that work will soon begin to replace the temporary structure on Beaton Road with a permanent bridge, improving safety and reliability for people travelling through the area.
A temporary crossing has been in place since flood waters from Cherry Creek washed out the road at this location, west of Kamloops, in spring 2018. The new one-lane bridge will include rock armouring designed to protect it from potential damage during future high-water events.
The east end of Beaton Road will be fully closed to traffic beginning Monday, March 2, 2020. A detour will be in place for local traffic via Gardi Road and Buckhorn Drive.
Due to the tight nature of the location, the temporary crossing could not be maintained while the new structure is being built. This full closure will expedite construction of the new bridge and reduce total costs.
A digital message sign has been installed on Highway 1 to alert drivers of the forthcoming closure, which will be followed by standard signage once the detour is in place. Work is expected to be completed by April 30.
This project is part of the Cherry Creek flood recovery work that also included new structures installed on Rodeo Drive and Greenstone Road in 2019. Those bridges replaced culverts washed out in the spring 2017 flooding.
The ministry appreciates the patience of all drivers and residents in the area affected by the flooding and repair work.