NEWS RELEASE · 6th April 2010
M. of Trans. & Infrastructure
A 17-km section of Highway 16 will be resurfaced this summer to improve motorist safety and road reliability, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond announced today.
"Highway 16 is a vital route for residents, commercial traffic and tourists," said Bond. "This improvement will maintain the quality of our highway system and ensure people and goods move even more safely and efficiently."
The highway will be resurfaced between Carnaby Road and New Hazelton, 70 kilometres west of Smithers. Through an environmentally friendly paving process called Hot-in-Place Recycling, existing asphalt is re-used on- site, which reduces maintenance, energy costs, materials and greenhouse gas emissions.
A $1.8-million contract was awarded to Arc Asphalt Recycling Inc. of Kamloops, with work expected to be completed by September 2010.
Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes and single-lane alternating traffic, during construction.
The federal contribution to this project comes from the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure projects. Since March 2009, almost 400 projects throughout British Columbia have received a total federal investment of over $490 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.
Since October 2008, over $5.3 billion in infrastructure projects have been announced across British Columbia, which are estimated to create more than 34,000 jobs over the life of the projects.