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In addition to resurfacing and lighting, the hospital will get sidewalk and drainage system upgrades, and Rotary Manor will get electrical plug-ins. The Ministry of Health says in a press release, that when the upgrade is finished, there will be 30 additional parking spaces for visitors at the northwest corner of the hospital, as well as 30 parking spaces for staff behind Rotary Manor.

“This will allow for improved parking availability, so visitors may have increased and efficient access to parking when they visit the Dawson Creek and District Hospital, Rotary Manor, Northview and Southview facilities. The parking spots that will become available will also ease congestion and help handle the flow of traffic around the facilities.”

The hospital’s upgrade will cost $430,000, with $258,000 from the government of B.C. and $172,000 from the PRRHD. Rotary Manor’s upgrade will cost $265,000, with $159,000 from the provincial government and $106,000 from the PRRHD.

“Visitors to the facilities can look forward to a better parking experience with reduced congestion,” says Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom. “These projects contribute greatly to an improved visitor experience, which is good news for Dawson Creek area families.”

The hospital’s upgrades are scheduled to be completed by January 2013, and Rotary Manor’s by December 2012.

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