Two new highway improvement projects for our city have been announced. MLA Shirley Bond made the announcement this morning, and said the projects are in the process of being planned for this summer.
“We are continually looking at ways to increase the safety and reliability of roads and highways in and around Prince George,” said Bond. “Engineering is well underway on two projects that will be starting construction in the coming months.”
The first project will see improvements made to the intersection of Highway 16, and Kimball Road. Signals will be added to the intersection along with a right turn lane travelling westbound. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall. The changes are part of the Highway 16 arterial planning study, which is currently underway between the ministry and the City of Prince George.
The comprehensive study will soon provide recommendations for improvements to the Highway 16 corridor to access the growing western side of Prince George, including the College Heights neighborhood from Highway 97 to the upcoming Bunce to Blackwater four-laning project.
The second of the two projects announced is an extension of the access from Pine Centre Mall onto Highway 97. This project has a price tag of $450, 000, and construction slated for the start of July.
Both projects are part of “B.C. On The Move”, the governments ten year plan to improve the provinces transportation network. $4.6 billion will be invested into transportation as part of the plan.