Provincial funding for North Peace roads

By Christine Rumleskie

Some new provincial funding will help smooth some bumps in Peace Region roads.

The Province announced on Wednesday that it will be investing more than $43 million into 18 new road projects throughout the region.

North Peace MLA Pat Pimm says this funding is much-needed in the Peace.

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Projects include an upgrade to strengthen and harden the surface of approximately 4 km of existing subdivision and side roads in the North Peace.

It also includes a Preliminary Engineering and Business Case Development plan for the South Taylor Hill.

Pimm says he doesn’t have specifics on the projects, but he says he will be in talks with the Ministry of Transportation to find out the details.

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Pimm estimates hundreds of jobs will be created in the North Peace alone as a result of the funding.

Construction will begin this year, and most projects should be complete by this fall.

Below is a full list of funded projects in the Northeast:

Texaco Bridge Replacement
Design for replacement of Texaco Bridge on the Buick Creek 154 Road, east of Buick Creek near Fort St. John.

Windrem Bridge Replacement
Replace the Windrem Bridge on Hwy 97 north in Chetwynd.

North Peace Road Improvements
Upgrade, strengthen and hard surface approx. 4 km of existing subdivision and side roads.

Peace District Road Upgrading
Upgrading and surfacing area side roads.

Tomslake Area Road Improvements
Strengthen, widen and hard surface various roads in the Tomslake area.

Beryl Prairie Road
Completion of base strengthening and sealcoating approximately 10 km of the Beryl Prairie road.

Engineering Pine Pass
Preliminary Engineering and Business Case Development.

Engineering South Taylor Hill
Preliminary Engineering and Business Case Development.

H77 – Liard River Bridge to KM 60
Pave approx 34 km on Hwy 77 from km 46 to km 80, north of Fort Nelson.

Upper Cutbank Road
Property acquisition, strengthening and widening works of approx. 3 km on the Upper Cutbank Road, south of Dawson Creek.

Braden Road
Widen & strengthen approx. 15 km on the Braden Road near Dawson Creek.

Boundary Road
Strengthening, widening and sealcoating of approx. 20 km on the Boundary Road, south of Dawson Creek.

North Peace Side Road Gravelling and Improvements
Upgrade and strengthen the existing road structure on roads impacted by oil and gas industrial traffic throughout northeastern BC.

South Peace Gravel Program
Upgrade and strengthen the existing road structure on roads impacted by oil and gas industrial traffic in the South Peace.

85 Tonne Route Enhancements
Upgrade, strengthen road and bridge structures throughout the Peace area.

Engineering for Future Years Projects
Options analysis, engineering and investigations to establish OGRRIP program priorities.

Magusin Preferred Route
Intersection improvements, widening, base strengthening and hard surfacing approx. 3.5 km on Magusin Road, near Dawson Creek.

Hwy 97N Business Case Development and Engineering Assessments
Business Case development and preliminary engineering along Hwy 97 North

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