Improvements underway to the Pine Pass

 Drivers along John Hart Highway 97 from Bennett Creek to Link Creek, can look forward to a safer, smoother, and faster travelling experience.

The project involves reconstructing 11.2 kilometres of Highway 97, 83 km south of Chetwynd, to meet a 90km/h design speed. The road width will be increased to provide 3.6 meter lanes and 1.5 meter paved shoulders with additional space for winter snow storage. The road construction includes two kilometres of new grade along with two new bridge structures over the Pine River as well as two new small bridges replacing culverts over fish bearing streams.

The $18.5 million contract was awarded to Cariboo Construction Ltd. of Prince George. Road work will begin this month and is expected to be completed by the end of September, 2011.  Traffic delays and closures will be strategically scheduled to minimize inconveniences to drivers.

The project is funded under the Province’s three-year, $14-billion capital infrastructure program that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.

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