05/11/2015 01:20 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT

More than $82 million to be spent repairing Centennial Bridge in Miramichi, N.B.

MIRAMICHI, N.B. - The federal and New Brunswick governments have committed to spend up to $82 million over the next nine years on repairing the Centennial Bridge in Miramichi.

The project involves maintaining the bridge's structural integrity, increasing its load capacity and bringing the roadway up to current design standards.

The province says it will spend up to $44.2 million on the project and the federal government has committed up to $38.6 million.

The 1,180-metre bridge crosses the Miramichi River.

It was opened in 1967 to link northern New Brunswick with the rest of the province.