Work to resurface Highway 97 between Whiskers Point and Mackenzie Junction is now complete, announced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.
“One of the key commitments in our B.C. on the Move 10-year transportation plan was to rehabilitate our highways and roads to support the safe and efficient movement of people and goods throughout B.C.,” said Stone. “Highway 97 north of Prince George is a key corridor in the North, so it’s essential that we continue to maintain and upgrade it to keep traffic flowing.”
Thirty-two kilometres of Highway 97 were resurfaced to preserve and restore the highway surface, which was showing signs of deterioration. Two kilometres of Highway 39 through Mackenzie also were paved. The contractor used the hot-in-place recycling method to fix these deteriorated areas, which will preserve the road for many years to come. The $4.5-million project was completed by Green Roads Recycling, well ahead of the scheduled September completion date.
“The competitiveness of our economy depends on the quality of our roads and highways,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “The completion of this work will encourage more commerce and jobs in the North.”
As noted by Stone, 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: www.gov.bc.ca/bconthemove