Almost two kilometres of median barrier will be installed on the Highway 5 North corridor in Kamloops, which will help prevent traffic crossing over the median and causing serious head-on collisions.
“Last year, the ministry installed median barriers along a stretch of Highway 5N from the Halston Connector to Chief Louis Way,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “This year, we’re continuing that work by installing median barriers from Chief Louis Way to East Shuswap Road to better protect drivers from cross-over collisions.”
Median barriers will be placed between the existing traffic islands south of Chief Louis Way to the north end of the Mount Paul Way intersection, and from the south end of the Mount Paul Way intersection to the north end of the East Shuswap Road intersection.
“Median barriers increase road safety for drivers by preventing collisions with oncoming traffic, which will benefit Kamloops residents as well as the countless motorists who use Highway 5 North each year,” said Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. “I am glad to see our government expanding the stretch of highway that benefits from these barriers.”
A contract for the work has been awarded to Kemp Concrete Projects out of Kamloops and is expected to cost $300,000.
In order to minimize impact to motorists, the work is scheduled to take place in the evenings. If travelling through the area between 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 2 a.m. on Sept. 28, please watch for construction crews.
The ministry is investing over $72 million over the next three years as part of our Road Safety Improvement Program as announced in B.C. on the Move, the province’s 10-year transportation plan.
B.C. on the Move is available online: www.gov.bc.ca/bconthemove