In northern B.C., the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is working to rehabilitate highways and bridges, and build new infrastructure where it is needed.
The B.C. government continues to invest in the province's transportation network for the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods.
Major projects scheduled or under construction in 2020 include:
- 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)
- Highways 2, 49 and 97 (Dawson Creek area): resurfacing 2.1 kilometres of Highway 2 from the east side of the roundabout and the junction of Highway 97, 15.4 kilometres of Highway 49 from the roundabout to B.C.-Alberta border, and 2.8 kilometres of 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)
- 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 (budget: $2.3 million)
- Broman Lake Passing Lane (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)
- Highways 16 and 97 (Prince George area): resurfacing eight kilometres of Highway 16 between 20th Avenue and the Old Cariboo Highway, as well as nearly 20 kilometres of Highway 97 between the Salmon River Bridge and O’Dell Road, and 15 kilometres of Upper Fraser Road. In partnership with the City of Prince George, the ministry will also resurface 130 metres of 11th Avenue between Vancouver and Victoria streets (budget: $9 million)
- Highways 39 and 97 (south of Mackenzie): resurfacing 29 kilometres of Highway 97 from Whiskers Point to Parsnip River Bridge and 25 kilometres of Highway 39 from the junction of Highway 97 to Mill Road (budget: $3 million)
- Highway 5 (south of Blue River): resurfacing 18.7 kilometres of Highway 5 from Regional Boundary through Avola (budget: $2.7 million)
- 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 (budget: $9.3 million)
- Highway 16 (Smithers and Telkwa areas): resurfacing 26.6 kilometres of Highway 16 from Nouch Road to Fort Telkwa, excluding the Smithers arterial (budget: $3.4 million)
- Highway 16 (east of Smithers): resurfacing 68 kilometres on Highway 16 from Wakefield Road to 6 Mile Hill, excluding the Houston arterial. This project includes resurfacing side roads in and around the Smithers area (budget: $4.1 million)
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.
- 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 (budget: $25 million)
- Fur Thief Creek Bridge (west of Chetwynd): replacement of the existing culvert with a two-lane, 26-metre-long bridge (budget: $6 million)
Site C Highway 29 realignment program
The ministry is working closely with BC Hydro to realign portions of Highway 29 between Fort St. John and Houston, including building new bridges and stabilization work, to accommodate the Site C reservoir.
- Cache Creek West: realignment of four kilometres of Highway 29
- Cache Creek East Embankment: construction of a two-kilometre embankment to protect the Cache Creek East segment
- Halfway River Bridge: construction of a two-lane, one-kilometre-long bridge, which is about 500 metres north of the current bridge, and the realignment of four kilometres of Highway 29 to and from the new bridge
- Lynx Creek East: construction of a two-kilometre embankment and stability buttress, including the development of borrow sources in the Peace River to be used in the construction of the Lynx Creek and Dry Creek highway segments