The bridge re-opening meant traffic was busily crossing in both directions on July 15. Only vehicles weighing less than 10,000 kg are allowed to use the bridge. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

The bridge re-opening meant traffic was busily crossing in both directions on July 15. Only vehicles weighing less than 10,000 kg are allowed to use the bridge. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Johnston Bridge loop opens to traffic after Quesnel River waters recede

High water had closed the loop, shutting down southbound traffic on the bridge

Traffic was once again flowing in both directions across the Johnston Bridge on July 15.

Southbound traffic had been prevented from travelling across the bridge due to water from the Quesnel River flooding a low-lying area of the Johnston Bridge Loop.

The City of Quesnel made the announcement on Facebook, noting the bridge still has a weight limit of 10,000 kgs, and industrial and heavy traffic must detour around the Johnston Subdivision.

The Johnston Bridge is set for reconstruction. Earlier this year Quesnel council approved a further estimate on how much repairs will cost. An initial estimate of a comprehensive repair, including replacing the bearings, was set at over $2 million, extending the life of the bridge by 15 years.

READ MORE: City council chooses direction for aging Johnston Bridge

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