Over 240 million dollars is being invested for highway improvements throughout British Columbia, and the North is receiving a large chunk of the pie.

Prince George / Peace River MP Jay Hill made the announcement on Monday with the Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon.

The investment is expected to create around 1,500 jobs, stimulate the economy and improve road safety.

Of the total funding over $64 million will be invested in the Prince George area.

Near Fort St. John, the steel deck on the Taylor Bridge over the Peace River will be replaced. The Doig and Siphon Creek roads near the city will be paved for 40 kilometers.

Beryl Prairie Road near Hudson’s Hope will receive ten kilometers of paving and the Swan Lake Bridge along Gundy Road in Dawson Creek will be replaced.

The highway initiatives are part of an overall, three-year 14 billion dollar capital infrastructure program.

For more information visit www.gov.bc.ca/infrastructure