Vedder Bridge Replacement Project

Project Update October 26, 2017

Toplift paving of the approaches to the Vedder Bridge is scheduled for Friday, October 27th 8am-5pm.

Please follow construction signage and flagger personnel direction. Consider using alternate routes during this construction.

The week of October 30th will see final curb and sidewalk placement, landscaping, line painting and continued preparation for the delaunch of the old Vedder Bridge scheduled to start Thursday, November 2nd.

To disassemble the bridge, the bridge essentially needs to be taken apart in the reverse order as it was constructed. Rather than support the bridge with a temporary bent in the river, the design-builder’s solution to avoid the need for the instream work, is to support the bridge from above, using the same King Post Launching Girder system that was used to launch the new Vedder Bridge back in April.

The schematic below shows the stages of the de-launch process. Prior to the start of the launch process, all components not necessary for the stability of the bridge, such as the concrete deck, railings, and utilities, were removed from the bridge to minimize the weight of the bridge. Given the restricted amount of room available on the south side of the bridge, the bridge is not able to be completely moved onto land in one stage as the end of the King Post Launching Girder will run into the new Sweltzer Creek Road when the bridge in only about halfway de-launched. At this stage, the concrete block counterweights on the end of the King Post Launching Girder will be repositioned onto the south end of the bridge, the King Post Launching Girder will be removed, and the bridge will be moved the remained of the way to be completely over land. In total it will take about five days from the start of the move, to having the bridge fully on land. After the bridge is on land, the steel structure will be disassembled, and sent for recycling.

Final completion of all remaining works on the project is anticipated for November 30th.

Hello-Goodbye Vedder Bridge 2017 Event, August 24, 2017

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Location: Vedder Bridge

Chilliwack residents celebrated the new Vedder Bridge and said goodbye to the old bridge at this family-friendly free event with food, live music, history and transportation displays, dignitary speeches and the opportunity to experience the new bridge before it was opened to vehicular traffic.

Project Update, August 8, 2017

Bridge, road and utility construction activities continue into the Fall but the August 24th public event will allow access to the bridge before traffic is directed through the new roundabout and over the bridge. Further details will be provided shortly on the timing of necessary night paving and road works to transition traffic onto the new bridge in the days following this historic event.

Project Update, June 19, 2017

Another significant milestone in the project takes place this week as casting of the concrete bridge deck and multi-use walkways are poured during night time operations.

To yield a top quality product bridge decks cast in the summer need to be cast during the coolest part of the day, which is normally between 12am and 9am. These works will have minimal impact on traffic as it is taking place off-line from Vedder Rd and Vedder Mtn Rd traffic flow.

BC Hydro and Telus crews continue to complete works this month to convert their existing overhead infrastructure to underground across the new bridge.

Concrete curb and sidewalk pours are scheduled in the coming weeks along Vedder Mtn Rd and the new roundabout north of the bridge. A temporary wall is currently being constructed along the west side of Vedder Road to allow traffic flow to continue uninterrupted as roundabout construction is completed.

Project Update, April 13, 2017

Hundreds from the community came out on April 11, 2017 to witness the historic event of the new bridge being launched across the River. The move took more than 7 hours to reach to south pier and has been summarized in the video produced by InMist Media House below. The bridge launch continues through today to the south abutment. Bridge and roundabout construction will continue off-line of traffic into the summer with traffic being transferred to the new bridge in August. Single-lane closures along Vedder Mtn Road will continue into May during curb and sidewalk construction.

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
Event Map - Hello-Goodbye Vedder Bridge 2017 Event 2017-08-08 716KB
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
Vedder Bridge Replacemet - Bridge Launch Overview 2017-04-04 1.37MB