Upper Harris Bridge gets $1.2-million replacement

A $1.2-million replacement for the Upper Harris Bridge between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew will be built this summer.

A Ministry of Transportation press release sent out Thursday says the new bridge, about 30 kilometres southwest of Lake Cowichan along the Pacific Marine Circle Route, will improve safety and reliability of the Harris River crossing.

A two-lane structure will replace the current, single-lane bridge.

The $1.2-million contract was awarded to Don Mann Excavating, which begins construction in late June and is slated to finish by the end of September.

"The new bridge will enhance the marine environment in this portion of the Harris River by restoring the natural stream channel to improve the stream flow, fish passage and fish habitat," the ministry release states.

"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," Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom added.

Also being replaced this summer is the Chemainus River bridge on Chemainus Road, with $5 million in federal cash.

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