Gateway Gazette

Flood Mitigation on Oldman River over Highway 2

As part of the Alberta Government’s flood mitigation strategy, crews will build a barrier in the Oldman River to protect Highway 2 from future flood events.

During the 2013 flood, the Oldman River shifted to the north causing damage to the bridge on Hwy 2. Emergency repairs were completed to reopen the highway. The purpose of this work involves constructing a rock protected spur in the river channel to help guide the channel through the bridge opening. Additional larger rocks will also be placed between the bridge and spur.

This work will cost about $1.4 million and should be completed by October 15, weather permitting.
August 15 to October 15

Southbound traffic will occasionally be reduced to one lane to allow construction workers and equipment to safely enter the work site. Speed will be reduced to 80 km/h in both directions across the bridge. Motorists may encounter minor delays infrequently.

Additional information

  • Fines for speeding double in construction zones.
  • Motorists are reminded to obey all flag persons, signs and signals and watch for construction equipment.

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