The Upper Harris River Bridge

The Upper Harris River Bridge

Circle Route gets update with new two-lane bridge at Harris River

Work has begun on the new two lane bridge at Harris River crossing.

Work has begun on the new two lane bridge at Harris River crossing.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the project will cost $1.2 million.

The bridge is located about 30 kilometers southeast of Lake Cowichan.

A new two lane structure will replace the old single lane bridge.

The new bridge is meant to improve safety and reliability for commuters and visitors alike.

The $1.2 million contract has been awarded to Don Mann Excavating Ltd. of Victoria. Work began in June of this year and is set to finish sometime near the end of September.

According to the press release, the new bridge will enhance the marine environment on this portion of the Harris River by restoring the natural stream channel to improve stream flow, fish passage, and fish habitat.

“The Upper Harris Bridge is located on a busy and popular stretch of highway in the Port Renfrew area, and the new structure will make travelling this route safer and more enjoyable for residents and tourists alike,” states Blair Lekstrom, minister of transportation and infrastructure.

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