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News » Canada » Contract awarded for BC junction safety improvements » published 19 Apr 2018

Contract awarded for BC junction safety improvements

The British Columbia government has awarded a contract for restructuring of an intersection on Highway 97 to improve safety and traffic flow.

Okanagan Aggregates, from Armstrong, was awarded the contract to reconstruct the intersection with Stickle Road, which has seen a significant number of crashes in the past 10 years.

“Highway 97 is an essential connector for people in the area, and for too long there have been safety concerns and mounting congestion issues at this busy intersection,” said Claire Trevena, minister of transportation and infrastructure. “The work we are doing should relieve some of those problems. We’re also determined to respect and maintain the habitat of the nearby creek and wetlands."

Work to improve the safety of the intersection, which is expected to be completed this fall, will include converting Stickle Road at Highway 97 to a left-in, right-in and right-out intersection; lengthening the northbound and southbound left-turn lanes on the highway; and providing right-turn acceleration and deceleration lanes at the east and west approaches.

The CA$15m project will also include an extension of 20th Street, connecting it to the south end of the existing Stickle Frontage Road. While pre-load work on this section has already begun, it will not be completed until later in 2019, depending on soil settlement.

Significant environmental work was completed along the 20th Street extension ahead of construction, including relocation of fish and amphibian habitats in BX Creek. The ministry is also working with Ducks Unlimited to develop a new wetland habitat that is three times the size of the one that will be affected by the project.

 

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This article was published on 19 Apr 2018 (last updated on 19 Apr 2018).

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