Cambridge Bay’s bridge gets a fix
Bridge leading to Ovayuk Territorial Park closed June 23 due to erosion damage
People in Cambridge Bay who want to drive out of town to Mount Pelly have been out of luck since June 23.
That’s when a bridge that spans the river en route to Ovayuk Territorial Park was closed for safety reasons, hamlet SAO Stephen King told Nunatsiaq News.
The water levels under the bridge were higher than anybody has ever seen, he said, and erosion occurred on the side of the bridge closest to town.
On June 29 Jivko Engineering, a Yellowknife-based company, planned to arrive in Cambridge Bay.
Engineers will inspect, and then fix the bridge, King said.
“We expect the bridge to reopen two days after work commences, if all goes as planned,” King said June 29.
The bridge will have to be lifted on one end and the ground underneath reinforced before being laid back in place, he said.
“Hopefully, we can have the bridge opened some time on Friday,” he said.
Some people in Cambridge Bay say they’ve never seen so much water flowing in the river as this year.
Not that the weather has been warm: snow and sleet fell this week in the Kitikmeot community.