Miscommunication leaves out Big Eddy Bridge closure notification

Why was the aging Big Eddy Bridge closed on Aug. 10 without public notice?

The Big Eddy Bridge pictured in July 2021. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The City of Revelstoke closed the Big Eddy Bridge unexpectedly on Aug. 10. The closure lasted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

However, the closure was not announced until after the bridge closed. The city made the announcement in this Facebook post:

The post didn’t explain why the city, which owns the bridge, would be receiving notice of a last-minute closure.

As most Revelstoke residents and likely all residents of the Big Eddy know, the bridge is aging and its lifespan is coming to an end. About a decade ago, its vehicle weight restriction was dramatically reduced, meaning you can’t legally drive heavy vehicles over the bridge.

Since then, its future has been an open question mark for the public.

So, any closure, especially an unannounced one, causes consternation. Has its time come? Was it damaged in an accident? What’s going on?

We followed up with the city to find out about the unexpected closure, hoping to fill in the blanks left by the announcement.

Interim CAO Ron Mattiussi said the closure was for lighting maintenance being done by BC Hydro.

He said the work was scheduled for July 20, but was then rescheduled for Aug. 10.

Mattiussi said they were notified of the date change in July, but with staff on vacation and staff shortages, communication staff missed the message and were made aware of the closure this morning.

“So it was an error, and our fault,” Mattissui said. “We did perform a proper closure this morning, and provide an adequate detour to the Big Eddy via the TCH.”

He emphasized that the closure was done properly.

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