May 17, 2023 | 5:27 AM
PRINCE GEORGE — Crews in northern B.C. will be busy during summer 2023 as they work on paving projects that cover nearly 300 kilometres of highways and sideroads.
“We know local residents and visitors in northern B.C. rely on highway infrastructure and local roads to travel around the region,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This year’s resurfacing projects across northern B.C. will ensure safe and reliable roadways that connect people to industry, urban centres and support local businesses.”
Work in the Vanderhoof area will start soon, where 14 kilometres of Highway 16 are being resurfaced from Carmen Hill Road to the Vanderhoof Tourism and Cultural Centre. The $8.2-million project will also resurface three kilometres of Highway 16 east of Vanderhoof near Sunny Slope Road. The project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2023 and will benefit residents, local businesses and the community. Drivers can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes, and the project will minimize traffic disruptions by scheduling night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Another project that will begin this summer is on Highway 5, where 54 kilometres between Whitewater Bridge and Albreda Pit Road will be resurfaced using the hot-in-place recycled technique. The $8.4 million project is scheduled to be completed in the fall. Drivers should plan for delays of approximately 15 minutes, with work taking place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.