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In addition, the crossing at Sunset Creek will also be upgraded, which the province says will improve the stream flow and fish passage upstream.

This all comes at a cost of $5.4 million to the province, as part of the more than $54 million in road improvements in the South Peace announced in April. The work will be done by Wiltech Developments of Westbank, and should be finished by March of 2013.

After all is done, it’s expected the amount of dust on the roads will be decreased, which has become a problem due to the increased industry traffic.

“This is a busy road and the traffic volumes over the past few years have increased significantly,” says Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom. “Having a safe and efficient road network is important to both residents and industry users who travel Stewart Lake Road daily, so these improvements were a priority on our South Peace highways program this year.”

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