Paving to start
A PORTION of Hwy16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert is getting new layer of asphalt.
The Penticton company of Peter’s Brothers has been awarded a $7.35 million contract for the 34 kilometres of work between the Khyex River and Kasiks River section of the highway.
“It’s an overlay so it’s full width,” says acting transportation ministry district manager Randy Penner. “This is old pavement and it’s outlived its useful life,” he added of what’s on the surface now.
Penner expects the work to start the middle of this month and last until the middle of July.
“It’s going to be a really nice improvement for travellers,” he added. The project is the largest in the area this year.
A smaller contract has yet to be awarded to sealcoat up to 12 kilometres in North Terrace taking in the Dover and Merkley Road areas and the network of roads in that area named after berries.
“We’d sure like to be able to do a full 12 kilometres, but that will depend upon what the bids come in at,” said Penner.
In the Nass Valley, a temporary one-lane structure called a Bailey bridge is being replaced near Greenville. In its place at Diskangieg Creek will be a two-lane bridge, said Penner. Design work for the new bridge was first announced in 2010.
Some brushing will be going on east of Terrace on Highway 16 and on the Nisga’a Highway from Greenville to Kincolith.