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Construction going ahead on Nares River bridge in Yukon

The existing wooden bridge, built in 1970, is being replaced with a concrete and steel constructed bridge.


Ruskin Construction Ltd. has been awarded the contract to replace the Nares River (Naatasehéen) Bridge in Carcross.

The existing wooden 17 span bridge was built in 1970 and was not designed to accommodate the large loads and demands of today’s vehicles. It will be replaced with a concrete and steel constructed bridge, which will provide greater structural integrity and meet current and future traffic demands.

Construction is planned to begin in winter 2017–18 and is expected to last two years.

According to the Government of Yukon, this project marks their first use of the new value-based procurement method which includes criteria for First Nation participation and northern experience and knowledge.

Ruskin Construction Limited will be working in partnership with the Carcross Tagish Management Corp. with a Yukon Asset Construction Agreement in place, which will ensure that the Carcross/Tagish First Nation benefits from a number of employment, training and economic development opportunities.

The Ruskin Construction Ltd. bid came in at $12,662,494.