$48-million is being allotted to the South Peace to improve highways announced MLA Mike Bernier last week.
Much of that will be going to Highway 97, which runs from the Pine Pass to Dawson Creek, then turns into the Alaska Highway heading north.
Work continues on the widening at the base of South Taylor Hill on Highway 97. The $26-million project, expected to be completed this fall, involves four-laning two kilometres of Highway 97, one kilometre south of Taylor. It will also include intersection improvements and a new truck chain-up area.
Underway soon is a $17-million project in the Tower Lakes area where 4.4 kilometres of Highway 97 will be widened to four lanes and will include intersection improvements and lighting. A contract worth $11.7 million has been awarded to Brocor Construction Ltd. of Dawson Creek.
Highway 97 is the province’s primary north-south route and is integral to the transport of goods and services.
“These improvements near Taylor will increase capacity, mobility and reliability along this corridor and make travel safer and more efficient for residents, tourists and commercial traffic,” Bernier said. “The projects will support economic growth in the natural gas, forestry and agricultural sectors in the region.
“Our government is committed to the Peace region as it truly is B.C.’s economic engine, thanks to the wealth of natural resources found here – natural gas, mining, forestry and agricultural products to name a few.”
Work will also continue on Highway 2, between Dawson Creek and the Alberta boundary. This year, 5.6 km of the road, from Rolla Road to Eighth Street, will be four laned.
The only notable improvements to any of the three roads to Tumbler Ridge will be design for the rehabilitation of the Lower Bullmoose Creek and Wolverine Bridges on Highway 29 on the way to Chetwynd.