Upgrades Coming to Highway 2
The current bridge over Tupper Creek will be expanded and a new bridge will be built to accommodate the new four lane highway. Photo supplied.
Over the next two years, the Ministry of Transportation are taking the first steps to widen the Highway 2 corridor to four lanes between the Alberta Border and Dawson Creek. They will be upgrading two sections of Highway two to four lanes. The first section is a 5.9 km of highway from Tupper Creek to 192nd Road near the Alberta Border. The second section is the 5.7 km between Rolla Road (also known as Snake Pit Road) and 8th Street in Dawson Creek.
The expansion of these corridors will improve the flow of traffic, increase safety and ensure efficient movement of equipment and resources in and out of the Peace, which helps drive BC’s economy and provide jobs for families in the Northeast.
The Tupper Creek to 192nd road section will involve the construction of two new bridges, one over Tupper Creek, and one over Four Mile Creek, as well as widening the existing bridge over Tupper Creek. Intersection improvements will also need to be done at191 Road and 192 Road. The work is expected to be completed by fall 2014.
The new bridges will also improve stream flow and provide a corridor for wildlife, hopefully reducing wildlife collisions along this section of the highway.
There are no bridges on the other section of road, but intersection improvements will need to be made at 7th Street, 6th Street, 4th Street, the Industrial Park, the Airport and Rolla Road (Snake Pit Road).That project will start this spring and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2015.
Former Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom says “I know this road network is crucial to keeping our economy moving and I have always pushed for its expansion and development in our region. While serving as the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, I had the honour of announcing the twinning of Highway 2 and 97 North from the Alberta border through Dawson Creek up to Fort St. John. These four-laning projects on Highway 2 will reduce congestion, improve safety, and improve access for tourists, residents, and commercial vehicles, and so I’m happy to see these projects moving forward.”
Highway 2 supports the Peace Region’s growing oil and gas industry and its rapidly developing communities, as well as providing access for tourists to the Alaska Highway.