Taylor, B.C. – Efforts to stabilize a geotechnically complex hillside along Highway 97 south of Taylor, B.C. will soon get underway.
According to the province, the slope stabilization will assist future highway expansion and improve reliability for Northeast residents.
“This geotechnical work will reduce the risk of slides and potential highway closures, ensuring Highway 97 remains a safe, reliable route for people in Taylor and throughout the Northeast,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This slope stabilization work is also necessary for the future expansion of Highway 97 at South Taylor Hill.”
The project includes excavation, improving drainage and embedding soil anchors on the slope beside Highway 97. The site, which is nearly 5 km from Taylor, will then undergo in-depth testing to confirm its long-term stability, which will help prepare the site for any future expansion in this geotechnically complex area.
The $6.5-million contract for this stabilization work was awarded to Greenfield Construction Ltd. of New Brunswick, which will begin work in the coming weeks. Work is expected to wrap up next fall.
During construction, people travelling through the work area can expect small, periodic delays.
The province has already been hard at work on the corridor. The the first two kilometres of South Taylor Hill have been expanded to four lanes, truck chain up/chain off areas are complete, and the Highway 97 intersections at Big Bam and Johnson roads have been upgraded.