Temporary bridge closure on Hwy 7 east of Mission

Submitted –
For Immediate Release
Sept. 17, 2015

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Temporary bridge closure on Hwy 7 east of Mission

MISSION – Highway 7 is closed at Dewdney Slough Bridge, 8 kilometres east of Mission, because of an issue with one of the bridge’s wooden support piles.

An initial assessment by the ministry’s bridge engineers has revealed that the top portion of one of the support piles on the eastbound side
had weakened, and the bridge settled onto the strong section of the pile. There is no danger of the bridge collapsing.

Engineers are currently assessing the bridge superstructure to plan for repairs as quickly as possible.

Presently, there is no estimated time for reopening, but motorists are advised the bridge could be closed for a couple of days. The public will
be notified of the estimated time for reopening once determined and can check for updates at: http://www.drivebc.ca/

In the meantime, motorists should detour via Highway 1, using either Highway 11 via Mission from the west or Highway 9 via Agassiz from the east. The ministry apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks motorists for their patience while the assessment and repairs are undertaken.

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

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