Two projects to improve safety and access for motorists along Highway 97 through Prince George are now complete, announced MLA for Prince George-Valemount Shirley Bond, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
“These projects are a great example of our B.C. on the Move commitment to improve safety and traffic flow on provincial highways through communities,” said Bond. “By investing in transportation infrastructure improvements like this work on Highway 97 in Prince George, we’re not only increasing safety, we’re making travel for motorists much more efficient.”
A $400,000 project to improve access to and from Massey Drive at Highway 97 included lengthening the acceleration lane onto the highway to improve merging, and extending the deceleration lane to the off-ramp.
A $300,000 project to improve safety at the Highway 97/5th Avenue intersection included adding a 50-metre deceleration lane to Highway 97 to improve right turns onto 5th Avenue and reduce congestion at the intersection.
“Local motorists are going to welcome the safety features that are built into both of these highway improvement projects,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “The more-efficient flow of traffic helps make our local economy run more smoothly and makes us more competitive as a region.”
B.C. on the Move is 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 on improvements over the next three years.
B.C. on the Move is available online: www.gov.bc.ca/bconthemove