PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Crews will start resurfacing roads in and around Prince George, B.C. in the coming weeks.
The project is one of several road projects covering hundreds of kilometres of highways and side roads, a government release stated.
“Our government is investing more than $350 million in transportation projects in northern B.C. Our investments in the north are investments in our communities. And they help create good jobs for people, which is especially important now as we move into the recovery phase of COVID-19,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena in a statement.
Over eight kilometres of Highway 16 will be resurfaced between 20th Ave and the Old Cariboo Highway, along with nearly 20 kilometres of Highway 97 between the Salmon River Bridge and O’Dell Road and 15 kilometres of Upper Fraser Road.
The ministry will also resurface 130 metres of 11th Avenue between Vancouver and Victoria streets in partnership with the City of Prince George.
The projects are a combined investment of $8.9 million though the B.C. government and $32,000 through the City of Prince George.
“Prince George City Council wishes to thank the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for its continued commitment and investment in the safety and improvement of the highways in and around our city, in addition to providing residents and visitors with an enhanced and safer transportation system,” Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall said.
“Provincial capital projects such as this and the upgrades along Highway 16 West are providing the city with fantastic opportunities to improve both above-and-below-ground infrastructure along the highways and achieve economies of scale that would not otherwise be available.”
Other major resurfacing projects in northern B.C. for the summer include:
- Highways 2, 49 and 97 (Dawson Creek area): resurfacing 2.1 kilometres of Highway 2 from the east side of the roundabout and the junction of Highway 97, 15.4 kilometres of Highway 49 from the roundabout to the B.C.-Alberta border, and 2.8 kilometres of Highway 97 from the junction of Highway 2 to the CN Rail crossing. This project also includes resurfacing of numerous side roads in the Dawson Creek area at a budget of $8.8 million.
- Highways 39 and 97 (south of Mackenzie): resurfacing 29 kilometres of Highway 97 from Whiskers Point to Parsnip River Bridge and 25 kilometres of Highway 39 from the junction of Highway 97 to Mill Road with a budget of $3 million.
- Highway 5 (south of Blue River): resurfacing 18.7 kilometres of Highway 5 from Regional Boundary through Avola at a budget of $2.7 million.
- Highway 16 (Smithers and Telkwa areas): resurfacing 26.6 kilometres of Highway 16 from Nouch Road to Fort Telkwa, excluding the Smithers Arterial. This project has a budget of $3.4 million.
- Highway 16 (east of Smithers): resurfacing 68 kilometres on Highway 16 from Wakefield Road to 6 Mile Hill, excluding the Houston Arterial. This project includes resurfacing of side roads in and around the Smithers area. The budget for this project is $4.1 million.
“Investment in our infrastructure is critical to the economy. During these uncertain times, government investment in our infrastructure network improves road safety for all British Columbians and helps ensure the continued movement of goods. These projects also support good-paying local jobs in communities throughout B.C. and provide the training opportunities the industry needs,” BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association president Kelly Scott said.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is working closely with WorkSafeBC to ensure workers are protected and taking precautions to minimize the chances of COVID-19 transmission, the release stated.