The project will see the widening of Highway 97 at the base of South Taylor Hill to four lanes, south from Taylor Bridge for two kilometres.

Improvements will also be made to the intersections of Big Bam and Johnson Roads, and a larger truck chain-up area will also be built to ensure truckers have a safe place to put on chains in the winter months.

The slopes above the highway will also be contoured to enhance slope stability.

Such improvements make for safer travel for residents and tourists on Highway 97 at South Taylor Hill, as well as more efficient for industrial traffic serving the natural gas, forestry and agricultural sectors within the Peace Region.

Bob Zimmer, MP for Prince George-Peace River, says these improvements have been a long time coming.

“These improvements to the South Taylor Hill section of the Alaska Highway have been long-awaited and will greatly improve road safety for residents and travellers alike. Our government is proud to provide significant funding for this project as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth and build strong, prosperous communities across Canada.”

For the project, the Canadian Government is setting aside up to $10.75 million through the Building Canada Fund-Major Infrastructure Component, while the Province of B.C. providing and additional $15.25 million.

Federal funding under the Major Infrastructure Component is conditional upon the completion of a project review, with the completion of environmental assessments as well as the signing of a contribution agreement.

The project will go to tender in the fall of 2013, with construction hoping to being by Spring, 2014 and scheduled for completion by the Fall of 2015.

The work will build on the $800 million invested in highway improvements in the Peace Region since 2001.