SOUTH SURREY â€” The rail bridge over Little Campbell River in South Surrey was successfully replaced Thursday (Nov. 20) afternoon.
According to Gus Melonas, spokesperson for rail operator Burlington Northern Sante Fe, a crew of 35 began construction at 8 a.m. Thursday morning and completed the new bridge at around 3 p.m.
The project, estimated to cost $2 million, was initially thought to require access to the site via Semihamoo First Nation land, but those plans were scrapped in favour of replacing the trestle directly from the rail line.
â€œWeâ€™re going to bring in a crane on the rail and flat cars and will lift off the old bridge and replace it,â€ Melonas told the Now in an earlier interview.
Semiahmoo First Nation councillor Joanne Charles voiced concerns about derailment of dangerous goods before the bridge was re-built, saying that the bridge was on Semiahmoo First Nations land.
â€œWe believe that itâ€™s band land and unfortunately Transport Canada, in their wisdom, has chosen to allow the permits required to do the train bridge replacement without dealing with our issues and concerns,â€ she said. â€œSo when somebody is replacing something on what you believe to be your property youâ€™d be upset about that too.â€
Melonas said the trains would resume normal traffic as of 11 p.m. Thursday night.