Johnston Bridge over the Quesnel River. Melanie Law photo

Johnston Bridge over the Quesnel River. Melanie Law photo

Johnston Bridge to close from Oct. 3 due to “compromised” bridge structure

The City says it will close bridge to vehicle traffic as a safety precaution

The Johnston Bridge over the Quesnel River downtown Quesnel will be closed to all vehicle traffic as of tomorrow (Oct. 3) morning at 9 a.m. due to areas of the bridge structure being compromised, says a City of Quesnel press release.

A recent bridge inspection revealed the problem, says the City, and they will close the bridge to vehicles as a safety precaution. The City says the bridge will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.

The City’s press release does not indicate how long the closure will last, but says there will be more information available next week.

Industrial traffic will not be permitted to detour through the Johnston Subdivision, says the release, and will instead be directed by signs through Red Bluff via Plywood Road and Maple Drive.

“The City has hired McCall Engineering to assess the structure of the bridge and determine what vehicle loads are able to safely use the bridge. Baker Creek Bridge and Moffat Bridge were noted to be in good condition,” says the Oct. 2 news release.

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