Improvements underway on South Peace highways and roads

A number of projects are already underway or will begin this summer, with a completion date on the largest projects set for 2015.

Work on Highway 97, a price tag of $26,000,000, funded provincially and federally, will see the widening of the road, starting on the base of south Taylor hill, one kilometre south of Taylor.

“As the province’s primary north-south route, Highway 97 is integral to the transport of goods and services,” a press release reads. “These improvements on South Taylor Hill will increase capacity, mobility, and reliability along this corridor and make travel safer and more efficient for residents, tourists and commercial traffic.”

Two other major projects are underway on Highway 2, 5.6 kilometres between Rolla Road to 8th Street in Dawson Creek, transforming into four lanes, along with intersection improvements, worth $21,400,000.

In addition, 5.9 kilometres of highway from Tupper Creek to 192nd Road near the Alberta border is being stretched into four lanes, along with the construction of two new bridges at Tupper Creek and Four Mile Creek, worth $21,800,000.

These projects also include extensive investment in South Peace side roads through the ministry’s Oil and Gas Rural Road Improvement Program, working to improve the side road system to facilitate the year-round movement of industrial traffic and enhance travel for local residents and farmers.

“These improvements to the roads and highways in the South Peace are an investment into our future,” Peace River South MLA, Mike Bernier said. “They support a growing economy in our rapidly developing communities, and provide jobs for B.C. families.”

For more information on transportation and infrastructure improvement projects throughout B.C., visit www.th.gov.bc.ca/tranprojectsbc.

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