The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is rehabilitating and improving highways and bridges throughout northern B.C.
The B.C. government will continue to invest in transportation infrastructure for the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods.
In the North, many highway infrastructure upgrade projects are underway or were recently completed.
Highlighted projects include:
- Highway 97 (southeast of Fort St. John): construction of a new four-way, signalized intersection at Highway 97 and Swanson Lumber Road (budget: $11.1 million);
- North Peace side roads (north of Fort St. John): resurfacing of side roads in the North Peace, including segments of Cecil Lake Road, Rose Prairie Road, 259 Road, 260 Road, 271 Road, Clayhurst Road, Cutoff Road, Milligan Creek Road, Montney Road and Siphon Creek Road (budget: $7.5 million);
- Good Bridge (east of Fort St. John): construction of a two-lane, 42-metre clear span structure on Cecil Lake Road (budget: $5.4 million);
- Highway 97 (south of Taylor): slope stabilization to reduce the risk of slides and possible highway closures, and to help prepare the site for any future expansion in this area (budget: $19.8 million);
- Highway 2 (south of Dawson Creek): resurfacing of a nearly 35-kilometre section of Highway 2 between the B.C.-Alberta border and Bissette Creek Bridge, completed in 2020;
- Pouce Coupe River Bridge (east of Dawson Creek): permanent repairs to the Pouce Coupe River Bridge on Highway 49, which was damaged in a November 2019 accident (budget: $3.6 million);
- Highways 2, 49 and 97 (Dawson Creek area): resurfacing Highway 2 from the east side of the roundabout and the junction of Highway 97, Highway 49 from the roundabout to B.C.-Alberta border and Highway 97 from the junction of Highway 2 to the CN Rail crossing. This project includes resurfacing of numerous side roads in the Dawson Creek area (budget: $8.8 million);
- Bullmoose Creek Lower Bridge (north of Tumbler Ridge): rehabilitation of the bridge (budget: $3 million);
- Highways 39 and 97 (south of Mackenzie): resurfacing Highway 97 from Whiskers Point to Parsnip River Bridge and Highway 39 from the junction of Highway 97 to Mill Road, completed in 2020;
- Bittner Bridge (east of Prince George): construction of a new single-lane, 21.8-metre bridge crossing Bittner Creek on Foreman Road, completed in 2020;
- Highways 16 and 97 (Prince George area): resurfacing Highway 16 between 20th Avenue and the Old Cariboo Highway, Highway 97 between the Salmon River Bridge and O'Dell Road, and 11th Avenue between Vancouver and Victoria streets (budget: $9 million);
- Highway 5 (south of Blue River): resurfacing 18.7 kilometres of Highway 5 from the Regional Boundary through Avola, completed in 2020;
- Highway 16 (east of Vanderhoof): resurfacing nearly 19 kilometres of Highway 16 starting at Engen, running east and ending in the west end of Vanderhoof, completed in 2020;
- Savory Rest Area (east of Burns Lake): construction of a rest area, with the widening of approximately 420 metres of Highway 16 to accommodate a deceleration lane and a left-hand turn into the rest area, completed in 2020;
- Highway 16 (west of Burns Lake): construction of a two-kilometre westbound passing lane, extension of the eastbound passing lane by 400 metres and improvements to the entry and exit lanes to the brake check and chain off areas at 6 Mile Summit (budget: $15 million);
- Highway 16 (Smithers and Telkwa areas): resurfacing Highway 16 from Nouch Road to Fort Telkwa, excluding the Smithers Arterial, completed in 2020;
- Highway 16 (east of Smithers): resurfacing Highway 16 from Wakefield Road to 6 Mile Hill, excluding the Houston Arterial. This project includes resurfacing of side roads in and around the Smithers area, completed in 2020;
- Highways 16 and 37 (between Terrace and Thornhill): construction of a roundabout to replace the four-way stop at the intersection of highways 16 and 37, completed in 2020;
- Highway 113 (southwest of Terrace): resurfacing Highway 113 between Wesach Creek Bridge and Big Cedar Creek Bridge and from Lava Lake to the Nass Triangle and first-time paving of 700 metres of Hubert Street in Gingolx, completed in 2020; and
- Highway 16 (Haida Gwaii): construction of two steel bridges between the communities of Port Clements and Tlell. The first, Gold Creek Bridge, is a two-lane, 21-metre-long bridge, southeast of Port Clements. The second, new Geikie Creek Bridge No. 1, is a two-lane, 21-metre-long bridge, northwest of the village of Tlell, completed in 2020.
2016 Peace Flood Recovery Program
The ministry is building new infrastructure in the Peace region that can withstand future floods and make travel safer and more efficient for people who live and work in the region, including:
- 8th Street Bridge (Dawson Creek): replacement of the culverts with a five-lane, 45-metre-long bridge (budget: $28 million);
- Rolla Road Bridge (east of Dawson Creek): replacement of the existing bridge with a two- lane, 50-metre-long bridge that crosses Dawson Creek, completed in 2020; and
- Fur Thief Creek Bridge (west of Chetwynd): replacement of the existing culvert with a two-lane, 26-metre-long bridge, completed in 2020.
Highway 29 realignment program
The ministry is working closely with BC Hydro to realign over 30 kilometres of Highway 29, including new bridges and stabilization work, between Fort St. John and Hudson Hope as part of the Site C project. More information is available at: https://www.sitecproject.com/construction-activities/highway-29