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New passing lane on B.C. Highway 5 now complete


February 7, 2017
By Government of B.C.

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February 7, 2017 – Over two kilometres of Highway 5 are now widened to include a passing lane and a commercial vehicle safety enforcement (CVSE) pullout has been built, easing congestion and bringing safer conditions along this route.

“With the addition of a two-kilometre northbound passing lane south of McLure on Highway 5, motorists will now be able to safely pass slower moving vehicles along this busy stretch,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “In addition, a CVSE pullout with toilet facilities has also been added, providing commercial truck drivers an opportunity to safely pull over for inspections and to rest.”

The project was constructed by Borrow Enterprises Ltd. of Clearwater, which was awarded a $2.6-million contract.

“Highway safety for residential and commercial traffic has always been a priority of ours,” said MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson Terry Lake. “The new passing lane and pullout on Highway 5 will not only help the flow of commercial traffic, but as we head into tourist season they will provide more room for drivers – keeping families safe as they explore B.C.”

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Over the last 10 years, the ministry has invested over $63 million in Highway 5 safety improvements between Kamloops and Tete Jaune Cache, including installing new guardrails, resurfacing sections of the highway, building new passing lanes and making highway intersections safer.

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