Flooding washed out this section of Old Highway 5 in April 2017.

Heffley bridge construction delayed while archeologists search site

Kamloops This Week

  • Feb. 2, 2018 12:00 a.m.

Kamloops This Week

The City of Kamloops expects work on the construction of the Heffley Creek Bridge to resume this month, allowing archaeologists a few weeks to scour the site for artifacts.

In a news release, the city said an archaeological overview assessment identified the area’s historical potential for First Nations artifacts, which required the city to obtain a Section 14 provincial permit.

Archaeological testing should begin next week and, barring any significant findings, work on the bridge project will resume in mid-February.

“While the permit process did take a little longer than expected, our timeline is not significantly impacted,” said Greg Wightman, the city’s utility services manager.

“Our goal has always been to reconnect the Heffley Creek community as soon as possible, and we still expect to complete this project by late spring.”

The bridge will replace a failed culvert, which washed out a large portion of the road during spring flooding last year. City staff opted for a bridge to replace the culvert because it will be longer lasting and more difficult to block with debris.

The cost of the project is $2.18 million.

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