PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – More than 350 kilometres of highways and side roads in northern B.C. will be getting some major facelifts this summer.

Close to $42 million is being spent on highways and almost $11 million for side road upgrades in northern B.C. in 2021.

On Highway 97 west of Chetwynd from Mount Solitude to Stone Creek, 55 kilometres of highway will be resurfaced. Crews will start early in the summer on 12-hour shifts, six days a week. Work is expected to finish by mid-August. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says there will be single-lane alternating traffic with a maximum of 20-minute delays.

South of Chetwynd on Highway 29, crews will apply 46 kilometres of sealcoat resurfacing from Sukunka Forest Service Road to Bullmoose Flats Bridge. The project is expected to be complete by mid-September.

Again in the Chetwynd area, almost 10 kilometres of asphalt resurfacing in the Wabi Estates Subdivision will be completed this summer.

Crews will be resurfacing Highway 29 in the Tumbler Ridge area, from the junction of Highway 52 to Bullmoose Flats Bridge. Starting in June and finishing in July, 26 kilometres will be redone. Work will be done in 10-hour increments, and drivers can expect single-lane alternating traffic during construction.

Workers will employ a B.C.-made technique called hot-in-place resurfacing, which heats, softens, and blends with a small amount of fresh asphalt. The mixture is then reapplied to the road surface, extending its life, saving resources, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure reminds drivers to follow construction zone speed limits and traffic control personnel. For updates on highway closures and delays, visit the DriveBC website.