Vedder Bridge Replacement Project

Project Update, February 24, 2017

Bridge foundation and steel fabrication works will continue into April on the Vedder Bridge Replacement Project off-line of traffic flow.

Underground utilities and road works requiring single-lane closures have begun and will continue thru March that will impact traffic flow.

These necessary works are being scheduled prior to the higher traffic volumes coming later this Spring.

The contractor is working to minimize delays during the morning commute but intermittent traffic impacts can be expected throughout the day.

From February 27th – March 7th, work along Chilliwack Lake Road will require weekday closures of the Rotary Trail immediately upstream of the bridge.

Project Update, October 11, 2016

The Rotary Trail Parking Lot is now closed, as part of the Vedder Bridge Replacement Project.

Trail users are encouraged to use the recently expanded Vedder Park parking lot accessible off Petawawa Road.

During the first 10 months of Bridge construction most works will be off-line of traffic and should have minimal impact on traffic flow.

Project Update, April 20, 2016

On April 19, 2016, Council accepted the proposal for the Vedder Bridge Replacement Design-Build Project from the lead proponent, Emil Anderson Construction Inc., in the amount of $11,331,052 (plus applicable taxes).

Out of the three proponents that advanced to RFP Stage 2, Emil Anderson Construction Inc. earned the highest technical points and submitted the lowest cost proposal for both Option 1 (Steel Girder) and Option 2 (Steel Arch) bridge designs. Thanks to the lower bridge price, Council was able to select the more visually appealing steel arch option and still remain within budget expectations. The reduction in construction costs also allows for provisional items, such as the Rotary Trail Connection and increased costs for necessary BC Hydro and Telus overhead and underground utility relocations.

Based on the proposal, construction is anticipated to start in September 2016, with substantial completion of the project by October 2017. The document highlighted that the first 10 months of construction will be completed parallel to Vedder Road allowing traffic to continue as usual. In addition, Emil Anderson Construction Inc. provided plans showing how the proposed works can be staged to minimize disruptions to traffic.

Project updates will be posted throughout the upgrade process.

Frequently Asked Questions
Joint Press Release
Staff Report, April 20, 2016

Vedder River Bridge (North)

Vedder Rd @ Keith Wilson Rd (South)

Description Date File Size
Bridge Update - July 10, 2015 2016-04-18 440KB
Chilliwack Gets Funding for Vedder Bridge 2015-07-10 285KB
Design Proposal Staff Report - April 20, 2016 2016-04-20 2.68MB
Frequently Asked Questions 2016-04-18 69KB