Construction on the new bridge structure on Range Road 52 north of Water Valley will continue for the next few weeks as the finishing touches are put on the project which commenced in May 2018.
The $3.35 million one-lane bridge will span the new breakout stream of the Little Red Deer River, which corrected its course several years ago and now crosses the road in between the north and south sections of the County-owned Water Valley Campground.
For the last few years a temporary bridge was used to cross the breakout stream that became a permanent course in 2013.
Assuming no weather delays or any other unexpected occurrences, the project is slated to be completed by the end of October. The road will continue to be closed until the project is complete.
Currently the bridge deck has been poured and is curing, one of the last major steps in the construction process. While the deck curing takes place, construction crews will continue working on the road work and approaches up to the bridge.
The bridge on RR 52 is one of two bridge projects currently underway in Mountain View County. Another is on RR 24 northwest of the Town of Olds. That smaller project between Township Roads 332 and 334 is schedule to continue until October 10th providing weather continues to be conducive for construction.