PRINCE GEORGE – As part of B.C. on the Move, the Government of B.C.’s new 10-year transportation plan, work will begin on seven new passing lanes on Highways 5, 16 and 37.
This project is part of government’s commitment to construct passing lanes in the North in order to improve the safe movement of goods and people and falls under Improving Highway Capacity and Reliability, one of 12 key priorities under B.C. on the Move.
One of the many elements of this plan includes a new southbound passing lane on Highway 5 at Camp Creek, about 10 km south of Valemount, part of government’s commitment to construct additional passing lanes between Kamloops and Tete Jaune Cache to promote safety and efficiency.
Design plans will also be done to replace the Salmon River and Parsnip Bridges on Highway 97. This project is part of government’s commitment to upgrade and replace structures, such as bridges and overpasses, so they can accommodate the increasingly heavy and large loads that industry needs to transport to remain competitive.
“One of the things I have heard regularly from my constituents is the need to improve safety and efficiency on Northern highways,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Our new 10 year transportation plan will see additional passing lanes added including on Highway 5 south of Valemount, the continued 4 laning of the Cariboo Connector and improvements to the Red Rock CN rail overpass. If we want to grow the economy and provide safer travel for residents and tourists alike, ongoing investment in Northern transportation infrastructure is essential.”
“As a former RCMP officer, I have seen the tragedy that can result from unsafe driving,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “The new passing lanes on Highways 16 and 37 will increase road safety for all road users, as well as for those families and communities located along these important transportation routes. Design plans for future upgrades for the Salmon River and Parsnip bridges will increase the capacity of the bridges, ensuring that Highway 97 remains a safe and reliable truck route to supply goods to B.C.’s northern communities.”
“The construction of passing lanes on Highways 16 and 37 will create a safer driving experience for Nechako Lakes area residents,” Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said. “Work on the highways will create jobs and support the local economy, and will ensure reliable connections between our communities for years to come.”
B.C. on the Move is government’s new 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. It provides a comprehensive roadmap for transportation investments and strategic policy actions over the next decade. The actions prioritized in B.C. on the Move will enhance safety, grow the economy, maintain and replace aging infrastructure, and support trade for B.C.’s expanding resource sectors through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway.
Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.5 billion to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.
B.C. on the Move was developed incorporating feedback received from a wide-ranging public engagement, during which over 12,500 survey responses were received from British Columbians across the province, and the B.C. on the Move website was visited over 44,000 times.
B.C. on the Move is available online at engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/.