The Morrin Bridge, just North of Drumheller, has been under construction for well over a year now, but we should see the bridge completed this year.
"Things are moving along, it is winter time so there isn't as much work that is going on there now as there would be in the spring or summer. Things are still moving along, we continue to work on the bridge abutments on either side of the river and spending a lot of time this winter doing erosion protection along both sides of the river," explained Wayne Wood of Alberta Transportation.
The bridge was built in the 1950s and the new bridge is being built just north of the existing bridge and will cost $20.4 million, which includes the cost of demolition of the old bridge.
"We have to realign the highway and make sure it lines up with the new bridge. A lot of the work that is going on this winter is things you might not immediately notice," continued Wood.
Wood goes on to say one of the advantages of the new bridge will be that there are no overhead trusses, which will allow larger loads to travel on the route rather than rerouting.
"We are still expecting to have everything open to traffic by the fall of this year. This spring people will start to see the steel gurters being put into place. We, of course, built the bridge around those gurters. We expect we will get the old bridge out of the way, and some final trim work, and clean up and everything should be done by fall of this year," concluded Wood.