DAWSON CREEK – As part of B.C. on the Move, the Government of B.C.’s new 10-year transportation plan, construction is continuing on two four-laning projects, one on the South Taylor Hill and one in Dawson Creek. These projects are part of government’s commitment to continue to four-lane Highway 97 and Highway 2 from the Alberta border to Fort St. John.
Two kilometres of Highway 97 starting at the base of South Taylor Hill, one kilometre south of Taylor, is being widened. These improvements will increase capacity, mobility, and reliability along this corridor and support economic growth in the natural gas, forestry and agricultural sectors in the region.
Also, Highway 2 between Rolla Road and Eighth Street in Dawson Creek is being four-laned, along with intersection improvements.
“These additional lanes serving South Taylor Hill and Dawson Creek will make travel between the communities both faster and safer,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “With increased resource development in the region, there is more industrial traffic. These upgrades will make travel safer for residents, tourists and commercial drivers travelling throughout the region.”
B.C. on the Move is government’s new 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. It provides a comprehensive road map for transportation investments and strategic policy actions over the next decade. The actions prioritized in B.C. on the Move will enhance safety, grow the economy, maintain and replace aging infrastructure, and support trade for B.C.’s expanding resource sectors through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway.
Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest about $2.5 billion to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.
B.C. on the Move was developed incorporating feedback received from a wide-ranging public engagement, during which over 12,500 survey responses were received from British Columbians across the province, and the B.C. on the Move website was visited over 44,000 times.
B.C. on the Move is available online at engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/.