An open house was held at the Taylor Community Hall Wednesday night, where a steady flow of residents get a look at what’s in store for the project. Highway 97 will turn into four lanes after drivers pass over the TaylorBridge, which will last until the existing passing lane two kilometres up.
The intersection at Big Bam Road will be improved with turn lanes, and a realignment of Taylor Flats Road. A large chain-up area will also be built on the right hand side, with an entrance off Big Bam Road.
Further ahead, Taylor Landing Park Road will be closed off, and access to the gravel pit there will come from the Johnson Road instead. That intersection will also be improved, with a designated left-turn lane.
A portion of the highway further south will also be realigned to straighten it out.
The project is still in the design phase, and it’s expected a contract will be awarded in spring 2014. Construction is set to start that summer, with completion by autumn 2015.
During construction, the Ministry intends to have two lanes of traffic open at all times, and when only one lane is possible, it hopes to have that work done overnight.
The improvements to the South Taylor Hill were announced in March with $26 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. $10.75 million is coming from the Building Canada Fund-Major Infrastructure Component, while the provincial government is providing the additional $15.25 million.