The RMOW is looking to replace, and possibly relocate a vehicle bridge over Fitzsimmons Creek as the existing structure is approaching the end of its useful lifespan, according to the municipality.
The wooden service bridge was built in the mid to late 1980s, according to the RMOW, and is located near the clubhouse at Nicklaus North Golf Course.
“It’s reaching the end of its life, and it’s an important bridge because it’s the main north entry point to Lost Lake Park, so it gives emergency, service and four-season recreational access across Fitzsimmons Creek,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
The bridge and its abutments create a local flood protection challenge, and Municipal Hall recently hired Vancouver consultants Klohn Crippen Berger to undertake a study to develop several different design options that would enable park access while improving upon current flood protection measures.
“(The bridge is) in a bit of a pinch point for floodwaters, so by relocating it potentially and making it higher, it will improve local flooding issues,” Wilhelm-Morden said.
Municipal staff anticipates that constructing a new structure in the bridge’s current spot would introduce significant span, clearance, structure and cost challenges that could be reduced by a new location.
Three potential crossing locations have been identified for the study.