Engineering and design work is now underway on major improvements to Highway 2 and Highway 97N in the Peace River area.
These preparations are the first steps in a long-term plan to widen the corridors to four lanes on Highway 2 between the Alberta border and Dawson Creek, and Highway 97N between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.
The Province is investing almost $4 million this year to prepare seven initial projects for construction along these routes. The projects will improve safety and build capacity, and include the construction of passing lanes and the widening of the highway to four lanes.
The projects under development are:
- Highway 2: widen to four lanes (3.3 km) from Tupper Creek to Rusheinski Rd.
- Highway 2: widen Tupper Creek Bridge and 4-Mile Culvert to four lanes.
- Highway 2: widen to four lanes (1.8 km) from 1st St. to 8th St. in Dawson Creek.
- Highway 2: widen to four lanes (3 km) from Rolla Rd. to 1st St.
- Highway 2: Blockline southbound passing lane and intersection improvements.
- Highway 97: widen to four lanes (2 km) at the bottom of the South Taylor Hill.
- Highway 97: construct northbound passing lane at Farmington Fairways.
Engineering is underway for all projects. Projects will be tendered as design work is completed, and construction is anticipated to begin as early as 2012.
The Highway 2 and 97N corridors run 115 km from the Alberta border through to Dawson Creek and from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John. The expansion of these corridors will improve safety for residents of the region and ensure efficiency for the movement of equipment and resources in and out of the Peace, which helps drive B.C.'s economy and provide jobs for families in the Northeast.
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