Redesign of Four-Way Stop in Thornhill Planned

The provincial government has announced major upgrades coming for Highway 16.. and for the intersection at Highway 16 and Highway 37 at Terrace.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone was in Terrace Tuesday, to announce $37.7 million in funding for five additional passing lanes along Highway 16 and an upgrade to the four-way stop intersection in Terrace.

"The goal would be to have this project done and dusted so to speak over the next couple of years." said Stone.

The province will commit $21.6 million, while Ottawa is picking up the remainder of the price tag at $16.1 million.

The passing lanes will be at Rainbow Hill, Toboggan Lake, Tyhee Lake, Broman Lake and Cluculz Lake Hill near Prince George.

Stone says the government is working on a design phase for the intersection, which is expected to be complete by next year.

"That work means we'll be coming to the public in the spring of 2017, with some initial preliminary design options." said Stone.

"There will be a number of public meetings and we'll want to meet with the local council and other groups in the area. We'll get all that feedback that will help us narrow down the number of options and refine those options."

Options being considered include an overpass, round-about or a set of traffic signals.

Stone has been making several funding announcements this week.  Earlier in the day, he said the government has committed to repave the arterial route through Prince Rupert from the B-C Ferries terminal to the McClymont Bridge.

That includes Second Avenue and McBride Street.

It's expected the four-kilometres of new pavement will cost about 4.5 million dollars.

Bids will be solicited early next year.

On Monday, bridge replacement projects on the Nisga'a Highway and Highway 37 North were announced.

Stone also announced that free wifi will be available at 5 rest stops in the province by the spring of 2017 including Glacier View north of Smithers.

A further 20 rest stops will have access to wifi in the coming years. 

Today, the minister will be in the Hazeltons.