VICTORIA — The preliminary design for the Quesnel North-South Interconnector in B.C. has been unveiled.
Officials stated the design will increase safety and reduce traffic congestion in the region and are asking residents to provide input.
The work was completed by the Ministry of Transportation, which has also produced a 3D animation showing the route.
According to the province, people who live and work in Quesnel have been asking for a solution to traffic issues, especially commercial trucks travelling into the downtown core and creating traffic snarls.
The North-South Interconnector was recommended as a long-term future priority in the 2018 Quesnel Transportation Study. Three open houses within impacted communities revealed the interconnector option had more than 80 per cent support.
The proposed route would eliminate heavy-truck traffic from Highway 97 in the downtown core by allowing commercial trucks to bypass it. The projected route also includes two new structures to replace the Quesnel River Bridge and the Quesnel Rail Crossing Bridge.
The design also features a new 3.7-kilometre section of Highway 97 from North Star Road to River Park Road.
The full plan can be viewed at www.gov.bc.ca/quesnelinterconnector.