The B.C. government has provided details on what the Elko Overhead Replacement Project will look like.

Provincial officials said the project will provide a new bridge over the CP rail tracks on Highway 3 in Elko.

A westbound left-turn lane will also be added at Bate Avenue.

Below is a list of project details from the B.C. government.

– a new 53-metre, three-span bridge
– wider shoulders
– a barrier-protected sidewalk on the north side of the new bridge
– a westbound left-turn lane at Bate Avenue to improve access for residents
– a wheelchair-accessible pedestrian tunnel under Highway 3 on the north side of the new bridge
– improved signage and lighting.

“This is a project that many of us have been working on for a long time and I want to thank the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for making it a reality,” said RDEK Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle.

“Not only will this replace the ageing bridge over the railway tracks, it will also significantly increase public safety by adding a turning lane off the highway, widening shoulders and improving visibility and pedestrian access.”

Provincial officials said an average of 6,700 vehicles travel the highway per day.

“Highway 3 Mayors and Chairs Coalition Chair David Wilks has been a huge proponent of safety improvements in this location, advocating to the Province for this as a top priority. I want to
acknowledge and thank him and the Coalition for their efforts,” added Doehle.

According to the B.C. government, the project is still in the engineering phase and should be completed by late 2022.