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B.C. and feds invest in Highway 16


October 26, 2016
By Andrew Snook


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October 26, 2016 – The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia have announced that more than $37 million will be invested in Highway 16.

The Highway 16 Expansion Project will include the construction of five additional passing lanes along Highway 16 and an upgrade to the junction of Highway 16 and 37 in Terrace, B.C., where there is currently a four-way stop.

The project is designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all highway users by providing additional opportunities to safely pass slower moving vehicles. It will also support future economic development in the region by contributing to a more efficient transportation network in northern British Columbia.

“The Government of Canada is working in close partnership with British Columbia to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that create safer roads for travellers, help grow the middle class, and promote sustainable development. By supporting improvements to Highway 16, we are helping local businesses move their goods to market and fostering long-term prosperity in the region for years to come,” said Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi. 

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $16,107,426 to the Highway 16 Expansion Project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. The Government of British Columbia is contributing $21,630,523 for a total estimated project cost of $37,737,949.

“One of the commitments we made in B.C. on the Move was to increase the number of passing lanes on Highways 16 and 37,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “We’ve already built three and this new investment means five more safe opportunities to pass slower vehicles. Another one of our provincial priorities is to provide better access into communities, and upgrading the junction of Highway 16 and 37 will ease congestion and improve traffic flow through Terrace.”

The five passing lanes will be built at:
◦Rainbow Hill, 30 kilometres east of Prince Rupert;
◦Toboggan Lake near Smithers;
◦Tyhee Lake, east of Telkwa between Houston and Smithers;
◦Broman Lake near Burns Lake; and
◦Cluculz Lake Hill, about 40km west of Prince George.