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Big new Chemainus River Bridge reopened Monday
Chemainus River Bridge reopened Monday at noon, after several delays, and detoured traffic since June.
North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure drove across the $5-million span Monday. He was happy with what he called a bigger, "low-maintenance, long-life bridge" that replaced the former wooden structure.
"It's completely different than the old bridge," he said of the former span whose timbers and trusses had deteriorated from weathering and vibration.
"Two cars could barely pass on the old bridge. This one's concrete and steel, and a metre higher (above the river).
The new two-lane span is wider too, allowing bike/pedestrian lanes on both sides.
The feds fully funded the new bridge — boasting a 50-year lifespan — with infrastructure grants, leaving North Cowichan municipal taxpayers with no cost, Lefebure noted.