PRINCE GEORGE – Road resurfacing within the north-central Interior is underway thanks to a $3.1-million investment by the B.C. government.

A construction contract has been awarded to Columbia Bitulithic of Prince George, a division of Lafarge Canada Inc.

Asphalt resurfacing is being done to preserve and restore the driving surface of various sections of road in the Prince George and Vanderhoof areas, which are showing signs of deterioration.

Roads in the Prince George area include portions of:

  • Lower Mud River Hill on Highway 16 west of Prince George;
  • Highway 97 from the Simon Fraser Bridge to Highway 16 intersection;
  • Intersection of Highway 97 at Austin Road;
  • Intersection of Highway 16 at First Avenue and Victoria;
  • an extension to the acceleration lane westbound on Highway 16 from the intersection with Highway 97.

“Our region is a major transportation network for our natural resource industry,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Resurfacing will help ensure the safe movement of people and goods.”

“Our government is committed to improving Northern roads to ensure safe and reliable transportation networks,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Investing in these critical routes will keep the economy moving here in our region while increasing safety for residential, commercial and recreational traffic.”

Resurfacing in the Vanderhoof area includes sections on Highway 16 between Burrard Avenue and Speedway Road.

“The roads in our region see large numbers of travellers and varied weather conditions. These upgrades will ensure we can meet future transportation needs and improve traveller safety – our number one priority,” Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said.

Work is expected to be completed in late September.

This project is part of B.C. on the Move, the B.C. government’s 10-year transportation plan to improve the province’s transportation network.

B.C. on the Move is available online at engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/.