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News You Can Use – June Edition

The historic Ross River Bridge will re-open in time for summer. Could that mean a tourism boost for the area?

People in Ross River will once again be able to access the other side of the Pelly River – even when there is too much snow and ice for the ferry to run. Recently, the government announced that the Ross River suspension bridge is set to re-open in time for the summer.

The bridge has been unusable since 2013. When the government announced that they were shutting it down, protestors camped out at Pelly River. This halted the demolition of the bridge. The Yukon government was unsure it would be able to finance the necessary repairs to fix the bridge but gained support from the federal government’s Building Canada Fund in 2017.

How does this affect me?

The bridge was constructed in the 1940’s by the U.S. Army to transport an oil pipeline over the river. Afterwards, alterations were made so that the bridge could accommodate foot passengers. This bridge carries historical significance in the region and could be used to attract tourism and give local businesses a boost!