The project to pave 48.5 kilometres of Highway 5 between the North Thompson Bridge in Avola and Whitewater Bridge is now completed, announced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.
“Highway 5 between Kamloops and Valemount is a major north-south corridor through the interior, moving people and goods to and from northern Alberta,” said Stone. “Heavy trucks use the corridor throughout the year, so resurfacing this segment of the highway will increase the efficiency of this route for commercial traffic and make it safer for all motorists.”
The $7.5-million project included paving and repairing the shoulders of the road, increasing the overall strength of the highway. It was completed ahead of the scheduled September completion date by Emil Anderson Construction of Kelowna.
“The early completion of this project is good news for the people of Kamloops-North Thompson,” MLA Terry Lake said. “Our community will directly benefit from the increased safety of the road and reduced travel times within the local area.”
This project is part of B.C. on the Move, the B.C. government’s 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.7 billion over the next three years to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.
B.C. on the Move is available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/bconthemove