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NEWS RELEASE · 17th March 2010
Office of the Premier
The Province will spend $87 million on 51 new provincial highway projects in northern B.C. this year, bringing the value of ongoing highway construction across the region to more than $200 million, Premier Gordon Campbell and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond announced today.

"This will be one of the busiest highway construction seasons in the North on record, resulting in more than 1,200 jobs throughout the North and better infrastructure to support our communities and our regional economies," said Premier Campbell. "I'd like to thank the Government of Canada as well as local governments for partnering with us on some of these projects."

Over $200 million has been committed to 70 new and ongoing highway projects across northern British Columbia alone. It is estimated that these projects will create over 1,200 direct jobs. Almost 400 highway and other transportation infrastructure projects are scheduled this construction season across British Columbia.

"These investments in our highways will create jobs now, and improve our transportation networks for the future economic growth of our northern communities," said Bond. "Our provincial emphasis on infrastructure and an excellent relationship with the federal government means funding for many of the North's priority highway projects."

"Many of these projects will be excellent opportunities for our smaller contractors, who employ local workers and local equipment," said Jack Davidson, President of the B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association. "The work our members will do this construction season on hundreds of projects across the province will benefit British Columbia's economy for years to come."

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE NORTHERN REGION ROAD AND BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS

NORTHWEST

Project: H113 Halliwell St to Big Cedar River
Description of Work: Resurface approx. 43 km from Halliwell Street to Big Cedar River on Hwy 113.

Project: H16 - CNR Level Crossing to Terrace Description of Work: Resurfacing on H16 between the CNR O/H and Terrace.

Project: H37 - Stikine River to Gnat Pass
Description of Work: Strengthen and sealcoat existing gravel segments and reseal existing sealcoat segments on Hwy 37 between the Stikine River South approach and the Gnat Pass.

Project: H16W Crack Sealing
Description of Work: Ongoing crack sealing program along Hwy 16 west to prevent pavement deterioration.

Project: Nalbeelah Creek Bridge
Description of Work: Resurface the Nalbeelah Creek bridge deck located on Hwy 37S, near Kitimat.

Project: Humphrey Creek Bridge
Description of Work: Resurface the Humphrey Creek bridge deck located on Hwy 37S near Kitimat.

Project: Diskangieg Creek Bridge Replacement
Description of Work: Design for replacement of the temporary structure located over the Diskangieg Creek on Greenville Road near Greenville.

Project: Hagwilget Bridge Rehabilitation
Description of Work: Rehabilitate main span and paint the towers of the Hagwilget bridge near Hazelton.

Project: Hwy 16 Erosion Repair - KM 230
Description of Work: Manufacture and place rip rap to repair erosion damage along Hwy 16, near Hazelton.

Project: Bulkley-Stikine District Road Upgrading
Description of Work: Minor improvements and other measures throughout the Bulkley-Stikine District.

Project: Terrace Area Road Improvements
Description of Work: Pave approx. 5 km of side roads in the Thornhill area, near Terrace.

Project: Skeena District Road Upgrading Description of Work: Minor improvements and other measures throughout the Skeena District.

Project: Quick Bridge Replacement
Description of Work: Demolition of the existing 10 tonne load restricted bridge and replace with an acrow bridge east of Telkwa.

Project: Crack Sealing Hwy 16 West
Description of Work: Ongoing crack sealing program along Hwy 16 west to prevent pavement deterioration.

Project: Telkwa Coalmine Road
Description of Work: Base repair and pave 2.6 km on the Telkwa Coalmine Road in Telkwa.

Project: H16 Paving through Telkwa
Description of Work: Resurface 1 km section on Hwy 16 between Telkwa and Smithers.

Project: H16 - Smithers West Realignment
Description of Work: Realignment of Hwy 16 at the Smithers Regional Airport.

Project: Morice River FSR at Hwy 16 Intersection Improvement
Description of Work: Construct intersection improvements at the intersection of Hwy 16 and the Morice River FSR in Houston.

Project: Smithers and Telkwa Sealcoating
Description of Work: Base repair, regravel and sealcoating on approx. 17 km of side roads in the Smithers and Telkwa areas.

Project: H16 Smithers Area Brushing
Description of Work: Removal of Mountain Pine Beetle killed danger trees along various highway rights of way.

Project: Smithers Area Side Road Improvements
Description of Work: Base repair, drainage, widening, gravelling and sealcoating on roads throughout the Smithers East area.