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Highway 16 resurfacing to enhance safety for travellers

July 21, 2020  By B.C. Government News

This summer, a nearly 19-kilometre section of Highway 16 in British Columbia will be resurfaced, making the drive safer and smoother for travellers.

The $1.2-million project will sealcoat Highway 16, starting at Engen, running east and ending in the west end of Vanderhoof.

Highway 16 is a vital transportation corridor between Prince Rupert and the Alberta border.

Sealcoating is a common type of road resurfacing done on B.C. highways, involving the application of a special mixture to the road that protects the road base from additional wear and tear. When it is applied over existing pavement, sealcoating is a cost-effective way of resurfacing that extends the life of a road by sealing out moisture. It also provides a skid-resistant, anti-glare surface during wet weather.


The ministry is working closely with the contractor, O.K. Industries Ltd. of Vancouver Island, and WorkSafeBC to ensure health and safety are maintained for all workers on site.

Provincial construction sites have protocols and policies in place following the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include physical distancing and other protocols to ensure worker and public safety.

Once the project begins, drivers can expect minor delays and, at times, single alternating-lane traffic over the course of work, which is expected to last a week.

The ministry appreciates people’s patience during this resurfacing work. Drivers are reminded to obey construction-zone speed limits and directions from traffic control personnel.

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