Peace River Road Improvements Begin

TUMBLER RIDGE – Two road improvement projects in the southern Peace River Region will be completed this fall thanks to recently awarded contracts.

?This provincial investment provides welcome improvements to these well used roads, vital for rural and industrial traffic,? said Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom. ?Upgrades have continued on both the Boundary and Braden roads for a number of years and I?m pleased we continue to work towards completing the full enhancement of these roadways.?

The Boundary Road (Highway 52E) project is located between Airport Road to Wapiti Forest Service Road, starting at 12.5 kilometres east of the Highway 52 and Highway 29 intersection. The work includes paving and placing shoulder aggregate to strengthen the road running surface. The contract was won with a bid of $5,112,380.

The Braden Road project is located approximately 37 km west of Dawson Creek. The contract was won with a bid of $3,920,713 and the scope of the work includes:

* Construction of a northbound and southbound left turn slot and a southbound deceleration lane at the junction of Braden Road and Alaska Highway 97.

* Construction of a southbound left turn slot and a northbound deceleration lane at the junction of Alaska Highway 97 and the Old Alaska Highway.

* Paving of approximately 4.6 km of the reconstructed Braden Road

* Reconstruction and widening of Braden Road dependent on available funding.

Peters Bros. Construction Ltd., located in Penticton, began construction in Tumbler Ridge in July 2008 and is scheduled for completion on September 28, 2008. The Taylor project will begin August 2008 and is scheduled for an October 15, 2008 completion.

There will be minor delays of up to 20 minutes with single lane alternating traffic.