Notice of intent to make a determination

Poplar River Bridge Replacement – Public Comments Invited

November 24, 2023 – Indigenous Services Canada and Transport Canada must determine whether the proposed Poplar River Bridge Replacement, located in Poplar River First Nation is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. To help inform this determination, Transport Canada is inviting comments from the public respecting that determination.


Written comments must be submitted by December 24, 2023 to:


Melissa Fraser

Acting Senior Regional Environmental Advisor, Environmental Programs, Prairie and Northern Region

Transport Canada / Government of Canada / Tel : 204-227-3329 / TTY : 1-888-675-6863


The Proposed Project

Poplar River First Nation (PRFN) requires the construction of a new bridge to facilitate commuting and heavy load transport for the community. The existing Poplar River and Franklin River bridges have existing load restrictions and therefore do not meet community servicing needs. This project will involve the rehabilitation of the Poplar River Bridge to facilitate commuter use, and the Franklin River bridge will be converted to a pedestrian only bridge. A new bridge will be constructed over the Franklin River to service the heavy load and commuting needs of the PRFN community.

The new bridge requires piers to be placed in the water, as a single span structure was not feasible for the community. Temporary rock causeways will be required to drive the pier piles within the channel. All of these works below the high water mark have the potential to impact fish and fish habitat, with the piers resulting in a permanent loss of fish habitat within Franklin River.

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