POWELL RIVER, B.C. – The Powell River Regional District is pleased to announce that work on the Haywire Bay Regional Park bridge will be finished by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 9.

Road access will resume on Thursday, and Haywire Bay Park and Campground will open on the same day, according to a release from the RD.

The Regional District stated that the steel super structure was safe for people to use, and was reused as part of the project. However, the old wooden bridge that it sat over had rotted out.

Over the past couple of weeks, crews removed the old wood bridge to keep parts of it from falling into the fish bearing stream below.

The failing infrastructure was identified by the Powell River Regional District’s new Asset Management and Strategic Initiatives Department.

The RD stated that the planning process conducted by the PRRD Asset Management and Strategic Initiatives Department provided for a successful cost-effective and timely project.

“The bridge upgrade project went as planned, meeting all environmental and safety criteria. The project’s success is a testament to the internal and external team’s expertise and efforts,” said Mike Wall, Manager of Asset Management and Strategic Initiatives.

Campbell River-based company, StoneCroft Project Engineering Ltd. designed the new permanent structure and served as Project Manager for the upgrade.