Netnak Bridge - Cross Lake, Manitoba
The $17 million Netnak Bridge project included the construction of a five-span, 262-metre-long by 11.2-metre-wide bridge over the Nelson River in northern Manitoba. Three river piers were also constructed in cofferdams up to 17-metres deep. A sectional barge was used to provide access for a 100-ton conventional crawler crane assisting in the drilling and concreting operations.
Crews mobilized a portable batch plant to complete all the concrete required for the project on site. The bridge deck was constructed using precast panels as a bottom form, then overlayed with a cast-in-place concrete deck. In addition to the bridge, the project included the construction of six kilometres of highway.
The project was completed in September 2004. Approximately 50 percent of the work force consisted of local labor.