Out with the old, in with the new: Behchoko's Bridge
Out with the old, in with the new: Behchoko's 1960s bridge getting a total transformation
Frank Channel Bridge to be replaced; N.W.T. government meeting community this summer.
Drive over the Frank Channel Bridge in Behchoko and you'll bump over dozens of potholes and road patchwork.
Much of the once-green paint has rusted and, in some places, pieces of metal stick out of its sidewalk.
The structure was built in 1960 and is the only roadway connecting the Behchoko neighbourhoods of Rae and Edzo. For residents there, it's a lifeline to both Yellowknife and the South.
While the Frank Channel Bridge has had repairs over the years, some residents are worried it's deteriorating. It was supposed to be repaired again last year, but that was put on hold.
Now the Northwest Territories government says it's going to fix the problem for good; it plans to replace the bridge altogether.