Improving safety for pedestrians, alerting drivers to corners and smoothing and strengthening roads are some outcomes of recent highway projects in the North. The ministry couldn’t do it without our partners, so there’s a shout out to them here.
Masset Lighting Project Residents of a new multi-unit housing complex in the Blue Jacket subdivision, about 1.25 kilometres south of Masset, can walk to town safely, along a new lighted path. The lighting was installed through a partnership between the ministry, the Village of Masset and BC Hydro. Road shoulder improvements were also made, during paving of the Masset Arterial and east along Towhill Road. The road work was done by Adventure Paving, a Division of YCS Holdings Ltd.
Highway 16 LED Chevrons Major safety upgrades at the CN level crossing on Highway 16, about 40 km west of Terrace, have been made by the ministry, with partial funding from ICBC. Bright new LED chevrons (arrows) caution drivers to slow down on the curve near the crossing, and are highly visible in foggy and dim. ICBC paid for the lights, and Westcana Electric Inc. installed them on behalf of the ministry.
Gravelling the North Gravel side roads throughout the North received a new layer of gravel to improve the surface and reduce long-term maintenance costs. Work focused on nine roads in the Prince George area. In addition, a new culvert was installed on Hubert Road and a brake check pullout was constructed on Highway 16 near Beaverly Road. The contractors were Westridge Rock Ventures Ltd and Peter’s Bros. Construction Ltd.
Klemtu Ferry Terminal Opens A new ferry terminal, delivered by the ministry in partnership with BC Ferries, has opened in Klemtu. The facility features a 13-metre deep ferry berth (to accommodate the Northern Expedition), vehicle and passenger ramp, vehicle compound, terminal building and road improvements. It makes travel for health care, education and employment easier and safer for Klemtu residents. Contractors in this major project were: SNC Lavalin, Fraser River Pile and Dredge, Vancouver Pile Driving, Ramsey Machine Works, Bear Creek Contracting, WorleyParsons Westmar, McElhanney, C. N. Ryzuk & Associates, Keystone Environmental, PBA Engineering and Acton Ostry Architects.
Highway 37 Projects Smoothes Out Route to Yukon Residents and industry in northwest B.C. have a smoother, safer ride on Highway 37 North, as it extends about 700 kilometres north from Highway 16, to the Yukon border. Improvements were completed by White Bear Industries Ltd. (sealcoating at Centreville), Hoban Equipment Ltd. (sealcoating from Meziadin Junction to Bell 1 Bridge) and Cortez Construction Ltd. (deck resurfacing of Cranberry Bridge No. 1 and 2).
Pine Pass Project Upgrades B.C. Highway 97 Reconstruction of 11.4 kilometres of Highway 97, from Bennett Creek to Link Creek, about 227 kilometres north of Prince George increased the lane width, and added paved shoulders. Included in this work, done by Cariboo Construction Ltd., were two kilometres of new road between the two bridges over the Pine River.
Protecting the Road from the Kispiox River A 1.6-kilometre stretch of Poplar Park Road has been protected from seasonal flooding, with the placement of reinforcing rock and planting of vegetation on the riverbank. The work used local equipment, and Gitxsan First Nations members were hired to assist with vegetation replacement. Kalum Construction Ltd. was the contractor for the project. The ministry also worked closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Ministry of Environment to minimize environmental impact
Kispiox Valley Culvert Replacement Crews in the Kispiox Valley, near Hazelton, replaced two old wood culverts with two new bridges, to open up new sections of streams for salmon spawning habitat. The work is being done through the ministry’s Environmental Enhancement Fund. Kalum Construction of Terrace was awarded the contract.
Highway 37N Sealcoating Saves Surface Life On Highway 37N, about 32 kilometres of sealcoat was applied to the road surface, making the route safer and adding five or more years to the road’s life. Hoban Equipment Ltd. put down the sealcoat, in this area of extreme weather.
Highway 16 – Hot-in-Place Paving Hot-in-place paving of Highway 16, from Fort Fraser Overhead to Engen Road, has been completed by ARC Asphalt Recycling Inc. Approximately 24 kilometres of surface were milled, recycled and replaced. This area has been hard hit by the Pine Beetle epidemic and the road was rutted and cracked from heavy logging equipment.
Side Road Paving in the North Side road paving projects in the Dawson Creek and Pouce Coupe areas will increase safety and address pavement deficiencies, to improve the ride and maintain the roads. The projects were completed by Peter’s Bros. Construction Ltd.
Pouce Coupe – Highway 2 Corridor Improvements Upgrades are being made on Highway 2, at the intersection of Old Edmonton Highway and Pouce Coupe Park, to maintain traffic flow. Included are widened right turn lanes, left turn lanes, new lamp standards and improvements to accessing the weigh scales.
South Peace Gravel Program Gravel roads in the Tate Creek area, South of Pouce Coupe, have been strengthened and enhanced with additional gravel to improve road surface and safety. These enhancements, made by Hoban Equipment Ltd., result in a stronger, more efficient road network that improves travel for residents and supports increased industry.
Stone Creek Bridge Stone Creek Bridge, 25 kilometres south of Prince George on Hwy 97, was replaced as part of the Cariboo Connector project to provide a safe, reliable and efficient four-lane highway for resource and trade. The work, performed by Jacob Bros. Construction Ltd., included four-laning of the highway, on both sides of the bridge.
Lining the Road to Safety Jacob Bros. Construction Ltd. line painting crews worked on Highway 97 south of Prince George, between the Red Rock Weigh Scale and The Stone Creek Bridge, to heighten the visibility of the road markings.