Rio Grande Bridge Survey

The County of Grande Prairie is currently assessing whether or not the Rio Grande Bridge (crossing the Red Willow River on Range Road 121 west of Elmworth) is meeting the needs of traffic users in the area.

Your input is important

Earlier this year, we welcomed public feedback in order to assess whether or not there was a need to replace the bridge prior to 2025. Thank you to everyone who completed a survey and shared your thoughts.

Background

The most recent provincial bridge inspection estimates the replacement of the bridge would be 2025; however, some users have indicated to the County that they are unable to cross the bridge with their equipment due to its height and width restrictions. 

The County is undergoing a review of the bridge, which includes: assessing its condition; conducting public consultation to gain user feedback on how the bridge is used and to better understand any barriers users face; and evaluating the cost.

Alberta Transportation no longer provides funding assistance to municipalities for bridge repair or replacement. As such, if the bridge is replaced in the near future, the County will be required to cover the replacement cost, estimated at approximately $4.6 million as of 2015.  

If you have any questions, please contact Dale Van Volkingburgh, Director of Public Works at 780-532-7393.