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Heart Lake BF 80752 Bridge Replacement Project – Public Comments Invited


August 14, 2020 – Indigenous Services Canada must determine whether the proposed Heart Lake BF 80752 Bridge Replacement Project located in 55.02591, -111.54668 is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. To help inform this determination, Indigenous Services Canada is inviting comments from the public respecting that determination.


Written comments must be submitted by September 14, 2020 to:


Stacey LeBlanc




The Proposed Project


MPE Engineering Ltd. (MPE) is conducting a bridge replacement project ("the Project") on the Heart Lake First Nations Reserve No. 167. The Project is located within SW 01-070-11 W4M (approximately 15 km east of Highway 881 and 70 km northeast of Lac La Biche) and consists of Bridge File (BF) 80752 crossing the Piche River along an unnamed local road.


An assessment of BF 80752 indicated that the bridge is in poor condition and near the end of its useful life, and requires either rehabilitation or replacement (WSP 2014). As the bridge was constructed in 1975 and usage is anticipated to increase significantly in the near future, bridge replacement was deemed to be the more favourable option given the risks typically associated with rehabilitation work. The Project entails replacement of the BF 80752 bridge from its current configuration (three span 5.5 m – 5.5 m – 5.5 m treated timber stringers with treated timber substructures) to a more durable option approximately 16 m downstream of the current location.


The existing bridge is along the only access road in or out of the First Nation, representing an essential piece of infrastructure for the community.

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