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FORT NELSON, B.C. – The federal government has announced a contract to upgrade two different areas of the Alaska Highway near Fort Nelson.

On Friday, Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, awarded the $39.6 million contract to Peter’s Bros Construction out of Penticton.

“The Alaska Highway is integral to the economy of this part of Canada. Enhancements to the highway are part of the government’s ongoing commitment to keep this important route safe for travellers and will support important jobs locally, including those in indigenous communities,” said Anand.

According to a release, the project will make a number of infrastructure improvements like converting the current road surface to a stronger, more durable pavement, making it safer and reducing maintenance costs.

Road shoulders will be widened, crossfall slopes will be placed, and unsuitable curves and barriers will be corrected.

Work is scheduled to begin this summer and is required to be finished by early October.

The contract includes an Indigenous Participation Component, requiring partnerships with local First Nations to employ the local workforce and Indigenous companies.

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