Work will begin this spring to lower the level of the road surface of Highway 97 at the West Pine CNR overhead, approximately 70 km west of Chetwynd.

This will increase the height clearance for commercial vehicles travelling the corridor. A $1.69-million contract has been awarded to Cariboo Construction Ltd. of Prince George to complete the project. Work will begin in June and be finished by the end of August.

This work builds on the $40-million Bennett Creek to Link Creek project on Highway 97 west of Chetwynd. This major re-alignment of Highway 97 will improve corners to a 90 km/h standard and includes construction of four new bridges. The project is currently underway and will be finished this fall.

When the West Pine overhead project is complete, the overhead clearance of Highway 97 from Prince George to Chetwynd will be over 5 metres, making Highway 97 North one of the most efficient commercial corridors in B.C.

This will improve the ability for industry to move large machinery and resources in and out of the Peace, creating the jobs that support Northern B.C. families.