North Peace Road Improvements

Transportation Minster Kevin Falcon and Energy Minister Richard Neufeld officially announced all the North Peace Road work already underway. In total 43.9 million dollars is being spent this year alone on road work in the North Peace. Some of the major projects include 9 million to complete the paving and replace a bridge on the Upper Halfway Road, paving on the Airport Road, Baldonnel Road, South Montney Coulee and Montney Highway.

Minster Falcon said even more investment in infrastructure will be coming for the Peace

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Following that announcement the Minister was asked if we’d ever see Highway 97 4 laned from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John, this is what he had to say

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The Minister has another press conference scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10am just outside of Dawson Creek.

This is the complete list of projects underway this year in the North Peace:

West Bypass – Upgrades
Forbes Industrial Contractors Ltd. was just awarded a $1.5 million contract to upgrade 4.2 km of West Bypass. This project will provide the travelling public with safer, stronger infrastructure and restore the passage of fish species and the normal hydrologic characteristics of the Stoddart Creek watershed. The project is expected to start in April 2008 and end October 2008.

Questions about this project should be directed to Reid Drummond, Project Manager, at 250 787-3271.

Hwy 97 – Alaska Highway Corridor – Improvements-Phase 3b
CTL Contractors Ltd. of Prince George has been awarded a contract valued at just over $3.5 million. The project will include 2.0 km between Hwy 97 and 269 Avenue and the intersection of Hwy 97 and 271 Road. The scope of work includes the twinning of the existing highway between 269 Avenue and 271 Road and finalizing signal improvements at the 271 intersection.Work is scheduled to begin in May 2008, and the project completion date is October 31, 2008.

Any questions regarding this project may be referred to Reid Drummond, Senior Project Manager, at 250-787-3271.

Hwy 97 – Pine Pass and Taylor Hill Segments
ARC Asphalt Recycling Inc. of Kamloops has been awarded a contact of just over $1.7 million to resurface (using hot-in-place recycling) 6 km of Highway 97 from Azouzetta south in the Pine Pass, 6.3 km on the South Taylor Hill and intermittent segments on the North Taylor Hill and Kiskatinaw Hill to address pavement deterioration. The work is scheduled to begin on June 30, 2008, and the project completion date is September 15, 2008.

Any questions regarding this project may be directed to Dwain Hornland, Project Manager at (250) 784-4360.

Hwy 29 – Cache Creek – Bridge Replacement
Formula Contractors BC Ltd. was just awarded a $1.28 Million contract to replace the aging 50 m, one-lane timber truss bridge with a new two-lane steel and concrete structure. The new bridge will improve safety and service to local, industrial and tourist traffic. It will also provide an alternate route for heavy traffic between Prince George and Fort St. John. Work will take place approximately 20 km West of Fort St. John, on Highway 29. The project is expected to start in April, 2008 and end June 30, 2008.

Questions about this project should be directed to Mike Odowichuk, Project Manager, at 250-787-3338

Other locations to see improvement this year:

Paving on Airport Road, Baldonnel Road, Road 255, Montney Highway & South Montney Coulee

Completion of paving on 85th Avenue in Fort St. John

Additional graveling, ditching and brushing on North Peace Roads