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450 kilometres of paving projects planned for Southern Interior

450 kilometres of paving projects planned for Southern Interior
PROVINCE OF B.C. — This summer work crews will conduct paving projects covering more than 450 kilometres of highways and side roads in B.C.’s Southern Interior.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The future is looking smooth for B.C.’s Southern Interior.

More than 450 kilometres of the region’s highways and side roads will receive paving improvements this summer.

“As we continue our recovery from the dramatic effects of recent climate-related events, maintaining road infrastructure is more important than it’s ever been,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a statement. “Resurfacing projects provide good-paying jobs, protect our vital transportation corridors and ensure people and emergency services can get where they need to go.”

Approximately 60 kilometres of Highways 1 and 97B, and side roads in the North Okanagan area will be repaved this summer. Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. has been awarded an $11.3-million contract and work is expected to be complete this fall.

Next month, the $7.1-million hot-in-place resurfacing of approximately 66 kilometres of Likely Road in the Cariboo district will begin. This project will provide safer, more enjoyable driving conditions for all users and is scheduled to be complete in October.

The work will be carried out using a locally developed process that involves repurposing the existing asphalt by heating, softening and blending it with a small amount of new asphalt before reapplying it to the road surface. The province noted the method boosts the life of the surface, is faster, saves resources and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

In July, approximately 105 kilometres of Highway 20 east of Anahim Lake will be seal coated. Victoria-based Arrowsmith Road Maintenance Ltd. will complete the work, which is expected to finish by September.

The 2022 season will see approximately $113 million invested into resurfacing Southern Interior highways and local roads.

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