Residents and visitors to the historic Nass Valley will soon benefit from significant improvements to Highway 113 north of Terrace, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond announced today.
"This project will continue to ensure reliable access to a provincial park that boasts one of British Columbia's most dramatic volcanic landscapes and unique cultural experiences," said Bond. "It will improve the driving experience for motorists and enhance the outlook for tourism and future economic development."
A $5.3-million contract has been awarded to Peters Bros Construction of Penticton to repave 18 km of the 25-year-old highway, improving its safety and greatly reducing its maintenance costs. The contractor will also install a new, higher roadside barrier as well as resurface 11 roads in the Thornhill area.
Construction is scheduled to begin this month and finish in August. Delays of up to 20 minutes can be expected between Glacier Creek and Wesach Creek, with some single-lane alternating traffic. Motorists are advised to visit www.drivebc.ca
for provincial highway conditions and traffic updates.
This project is part of British Columbia's busiest-ever highway construction season. Across northern B.C. alone this year, over $200 million has been committed to 70 new and ongoing highway projects that are expected to create over 1,200 jobs. This brings the total transportation investment in the North since 2001-02 to $1.5 billion.