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Northeast NEWS

February 21, 2013

Next two projects on Highway 2 announced to increase safety By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Construction of two projects will be underway this spring as part of the highway expansion project announced by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in July 2011. The highway expansion between the Alberta border and Fort St. John is being completed in several stages, the next being the four-laning of 5.9 km of highway from Tupper Creek to 192nd Road near the Alberta border. Construction of two new bridges at Tupper Creek and Four Mile Creek, as well as four-laning 5.7

km of highway between Rolla Road and 8th Street in Dawson Creek will also be underway. “As a former Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, I know this road network is crucial to keeping our economy moving and I have always pushed for its expansion and development in our region,” said Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom in the press release. “These four-laning projects on Highway 2 will reduce congestion, improve safety, and improve access for tourists, residents, and commercial vehicles, and so I’m happy to see these projects moving forward,” he said. Along with the 5.9km of four-laning on Highway 2, that


section of road will also see improvements to the intersections at Highway 52, 191 Road and 192 Road. The two new bridges on that section of highway will allow for a clear fish passage. Work on this stage of the project is scheduled to start this spring and is expected to be complete by fall 2014. The four-laning of 5.7 km between Rolla Road and 8th Street will also see intersection improvements with turning lanes and streetlights at 6th Street, 4th Street, the Industrial Park entrance, the Airport entrance and at Rolla Road (Snake Pit Road). 7th Street will also be improved by being re-aligned to tie into Highway 2 at the Dangerous Goods Route intersection. Construction is planned to start in the spring, and is expected to be complete by fall 2015.

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