PRINCE GEORGE – Construction of concrete sidewalks along Highway 97 North within the city of Prince George is now complete, thanks to a $113,000 investment from the B.C. government.

These improvements, located at the Birchwood, Lehman and Noranda intersections, will provide passengers with dry, elevated locations to catch the bus.

“Highway 97 is a busy corridor in our region,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “These sidewalks will help protect those who rely on public transportation from traffic flow. This project is an example of how our government is taking measures to increase pedestrian safety in our region.”

“These upgrades make transit a more attractive transportation choice and will help keep our transit riders and pedestrians safe,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Safety improvements are always an important investment in our community.”

Since the launch of the 2008 Provincial Transit Plan, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has invested $4.5 million in local transit improvement projects. These improvements help provide safe, convenient and reliable transit services, including bus stops, bus shelters and extended concrete pads at bus stops to improve accessibility for passengers using mobility aids. Other improvements include safer passenger boarding, park and ride facilities, pedestrian access and count-down timers at intersections.

Follow the work of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at tranbc.ca.