PRINCE GEORGE – A $3.7-million contract has been awarded to AWA Asphalt Ltd. of Vernon for significant resurfacing projects scheduled to begin this summer in the Prince George area.

The contract includes improvements on the Highway 16 West corridor from Gauthier Road to the Highway 97 junction, and portions of Tyner Boulevard, Westgate Road and Gauthier Road intersections. This section of Highway 16 West through Prince George is a key commuter corridor for residents and an important highway for commercial and industrial vehicles. On average, it has the second-highest traffic volumes in the northern region.

In addition, a four kilometre section of Highway 16 East between Upper Fraser Road and Tabor Ski Area will be resurfaced.  As part of this project, a portion of Old Cariboo Highway will also be resurfaced through a partnership with the City of Prince George.

The partnership between the ministry and the City provides cost efficiencies through one larger contract for both levels of government. Work is expected to begin in early June and is scheduled to be completed by mid-August. The City of Prince George contributed $570,000.

“Since Prince George is a transportation hub for the region, these repairs are important to making this section of highway safer and more efficient,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris.

“Our partnership on this project will allow the ministry and the City of Prince George an opportunity to undertake key resurfacing improvements at the same time,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “This is a very efficient and cost effective way to enhance our roads and extend the life of this section of Highway 16, making it safer for everyone who uses this route.”

“The city’s innovative partnership with the province allows municipal roads that intersect with provincial highways to be included in the Highways tender,” said Prince George Mayor Shari Green. “This year, taxpayers of the city will save $175,000 through this collaborative approach, which we are confident will continue for years to come.”

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