Highway project west of Burns Lake approved

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Crews will start work in the coming weeks to build improved traffic lanes on Highway 16, west of Burns Lake.

 

The province says the project will beef up safety and efficiency for people travelling that segment of highway, which includes a grade that can slow heavy vehicles.

 

The $15-million project will include construction of a two-kilometre westbound passing lane, extension of the eastbound passing lane by 400 metres, and improvements to the entry and exit lanes to the brake-check and chain-off areas at Six Mile Summit.

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The new lanes are expected to be complete and open to traffic in the fall of next year.

 

Burns Lake Mayor Dolores Funk says the Highway 16 corridor has seen  a significant increase in transport truck traffic in recent years, leading to congestion on the steeper sections of the highway.

 

She says the village strongly supports the project, which she predicts will improve traffic flow and highway safety between northern communities.

=== NEWS RELEASE ===
 

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

NEWS RELEASE
New lanes for Highway 16

BURNS LAKE - Crews start work in the coming weeks to build new and improved traffic lanes on Highway 16, west of Burns Lake.

This project will improve safety and efficiency for people travelling this segment, which includes a grade that can slow heavy vehicles.

"Our ongoing work in northern B.C., including this project near Burns Lake, will keep our transportation network running safely and efficiently," said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "Our investments in the North are investments in our communities. This helps create good jobs for people, which is especially important as we move into the recovery phase of COVID-19."

The $15-million project will include construction of a two-kilometre westbound passing lane, extension of the eastbound passing lane by 400 metres, and improvements to the entry and exit lanes to the brake check and chain off areas at 6 Mile Summit. The new lanes are expected to be complete and open to traffic in fall 2021.

"The Highway 16 corridor has seen a significant increase in transport truck traffic in recent years, leading to congestion on the steeper sections of the highway," said Dolores Funk, mayor, Village of Burns Lake. "We strongly support this project, which will improve traffic flow and highway safety between our northern communities."

Highway 16 is a vital and high-profile transportation corridor between the Prince Rupert-Alberta border, connecting remote and Indigenous communities.

While work is ongoing, drivers can expect some delays with single lane alternating traffic and are reminded to check DriveBC.ca for the most up-to-date information.

The ministry is working closely with the contractor and WorkSafeBC to ensure health and safety are maintained for all workers on site.

The B.C. provincial health officer has directed construction employers to take all necessary precautions to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and illness to themselves and their employees. Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms, such as sore throat, fever, sneezing or coughing, will be directed to self-isolate at home for at least 10 days.

Learn More:

For travel restrictions and precautions due to COVID-19, visit: http://ow.ly/jBGu50yVMRO

For guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19, visit: http://ow.ly/P7WS50z8hNT

For the most up-to-date highway travel information, visit: www.DriveBC.ca
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Contact:

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Media Relations
250 356-8241