About the Cameron Street Bridge
The Cameron Street Bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in late September 2005, due to significant deterioration of members in the 75 year old timber structure.
The wooden structure was replaced by the new concrete superstructure that exists today. This new bridge opened on August 24, 2009.
The crossing of the Nechako River is a registered historic site, the first bridge was constructed in 1916 just a few metres to the east of the present day location.
During the winter of 1922 an ice jam event took this wooden bridge out. In 1931 it was replaced with the existing concrete Piers and a Wooden Howe Truss bridge. This bridge served the community for 74 years. The new concrete superstructure is expected to serve the community for another 75years.
In December 2006, Council approved a budget for the detailed design of the bridge. A number of experienced bridge designers submitted proposals to supply design services to the City. The City selected Associated Engineering Services BC Ltd to undertake the functional design and to prepare tender ready detailed design drawings and related documents.
In September 2007, the Federal and Provincial Governments announced the award of a $1M grant from each level of government under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) towards the bridge reconstruction project. Replacement construction began May, 2008 and completed in August 2009.
Included with the replacement project were improvements to the intersection at River Road and the intersection with North Nechako/ PG Pulpmill Road. The improvements to River Road included a signalized intersection and tie ins to the River Road improvements.
The intersection on the north side accomodated the City of Prince George's first public roundabout. The roundabout intersection has many benefits but most importantly allows for the free flow of traffic and reduction in costly traffic signals.
How to use a roundabout — Tips for users
- On the approach to the roundabout intersection
- As you approach the roundabout intersection, the following signs may be posted, signalling a roundabout is ahead.
- At each approach to the roundabout there is a clearly marked pedestrian crosswalk located approximately one car length in advance of the yield line. You should approach cautiously and be prepared to stop for all pedestrians.
- Entering the roundabout
- At the entrance to the roundabout, yield signs are posted to indicate the fact that the traffic already inside the roundabout has the right-of-way.
- A driver should apply the same caution used when approaching any yield sign. You must be prepared to stop and wait for a sufficient gap in the circulating traffic before entering the roundabout.
- Circulating in the roundabout
- Vehicles already inside the circulating roadway have the right-of-way over vehicles entering the roundabout.
- Circulate towards your desired exit. Drive with caution, but do not stop inside the roundabout unless in emergency.
- Exiting the roundabout
- Signal a right turn in advance of your exit location.
- Yield to pedestrians that may be crossing on the exit lane.
At each approach to the roundabout there is a clearly marked pedestrian crossing. Pedestrians should cross only at these designated crosswalks.
Although vehicles are required to yield to all pedestrians, caution should be exercised at all pedestrian crossings.
Cyclists can use either the pedestrian crossing or ride inside the roundabout. Cyclists must access the crossing on the east side of the Cameron Street bridge. A less experienced cyclist can use the pedestrian crossing by pulling over to the
curb, dismounting, and using the sidewalk and the designated crosswalk to pass through the intersection. Experienced riders may choose to cycle through the roundabout. However, as with motorists, you must wait at the yield line for a sufficient gap in the circulating traffic before entering the roundabout.
This is an outer mountable portion of the central island of the roundabout. It is designed to allow large and emergency vehicles to maneuver around the circulating roadway. No other vehicles should drive in this area. Do not drive alongside large vehicles such as trucks and buses in roundabouts.
For additional information on roundabouts link to ICBC’s website for instructions on travelling through roundabouts, go to; http://apps.icbc.com/rs-tips/roundabouts/roundabouts.html