A section of the Highway 97 arterial through the City of Williams Lake will be widened from three to four lanes, improving safety within the city limits for local traffic, and increasing the capacity and efficiency for north and southbound vehicles on the highway.
“Peterson Contracting Ltd. was awarded the contract to widen this section of Highway 97 in Williams Lake,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena. “With commercial and commuter traffic having to travel through the boundaries of Williams Lake, it is important that we improve the safety and capacity of this highway for all road users.”
A 1.5-kilometre section of Highway 97 will be widened between Carson Drive and Toop Road within Williams Lake. Intersection improvements will be made to the Highway 97/Carson Drive intersection and the Toop Road intersection. In addition, a multi-use path will be constructed adjacent to the highway and improvements will also be made to the adjoining municipal network of McKinnon Road, 11th Avenue North and Broadway Avenue North.
Peterson Contracting Ltd. of Williams Lake was awarded the $17-million contract. The City of Williams Lake is contributing $2 million in support of the project. Construction is now starting with completion estimated for 2019.