Berens River Bridge Replacement

The Berens River First Nation (BRFN), Band No. 266 is proposing to replace the existing bridge across Berens River with a new, 72 m clear-span bridge. The bridge replacement project is part of the improvements being made to the all-season road (English Road Extension Project) and will be designed to create a safer, longer lasting structure for the BRFN community. The location of the bridge replacement project is over the Berens River near the east shore of Lake Winnipeg. The site is located approximately 270 air kilometers (km) north of Winnipeg and 391 km by Provincial Road #304 via a new all-season road nearing completion that connects the Provincial Road #304 and BRFN reserve. The replacement clear-span bridge will be located approximately 15 m upstream of the existing bridge. The existing bridge will remain in place and in-use until the new bridge and roads are constructed. Existing
access roads (North and South Road) approaching the existing bridge will be realigned to the replacement bridge once it is constructed. Following the construction of the new bridge and connecting roads, the existing bridge will be decommissioned and bridge decking removed, with the center pier remaining in the river at full height.

New infrastructure associated with the project is the construction of a new 72 m clear-span bridge across Berens River and temporary crane pads to support construction. The temporary crane pads will be constructed on both sides of the river, above the high water mark (HWM), and will be removed following construction. Additional temporary infrastructure required during construction
includes fuel tanks for equipment, a camp for the construction contractor staff, infrastructure to assemble and install the girders, crushers for the production of aggregate, and a concrete plant for the production of cast-in-place concrete.

Latest update

End of Public Comment Period

December 17, 2022– The public period on the project is closed. Indigenous Services Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - November 17, 2022


Indigenous Services Canada
Angela Bidinosti, Senior Environmental Officer
200-365 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3A3
Telephone: 204-984-0964
Fax: 204-983-2936

  • Location

    • Berens River First Nation (Manitoba)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Bridges
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Berens River First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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