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Highway 16 improvements between Terrace and Prince Rupert announced

And a new bridge will be built near Stewart to replace one washed out by flooding

HIGHWAY 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert figures prominently on the provincial highways ministry's project list this year.

And work will be done on the road leading into Stewart to fully repair after fall floods several years ago.

The projects are valued at $13 million.

Here are the highlights:

- A $5.9-million contract has been awarded to Belvedere Place Contracting of Kelowna for a new bridge on Highway 37A at Bitter Creek, approximately 13 kilometres east of Stewart.

The bridge was washed out during the flooding in September 2011 and a new permanent structure will replace the temporary bridge that was built to allow access to Stewart following the flood.

A 51-metre steel and concrete bridge will be built, complete with steel pilings and new, stronger approaches, to protect the structure from further damage in case of high water in Bitter Creek. Work will start at the end of March and is scheduled to be completed by mid-October.

- A $4.8-million contract was awarded to Peter's Bros. Construction Ltd. of Penticton to pave 27 kilometres of Highway 16 east of Prince Rupert, from McClymont to Fredericks Street and Galloway Rapids Bridge to the Tyee Overhead.

The asphalt surface on these sections of the highway is showing signs of wear and this paving will protect the infrastructure.

Work will start in early July and is scheduled to be completed by late September.

- A $2.4-million contract has been awarded to White Bear Industries of Terrace to sealcoat approximately 65 kilometres of Highway 16 east of Terrace between St. Croix Creek and Boulder West Creek and on Highway 37A from Bitter Creek Bridge to Stewart.

This section of Highway 16 is heavily used by the trucking industry supporting expansions at the Port of Prince Rupert and Rio Tinto Alcan's operations near Kitimat. Highway 37A has undergone extensive surface damage due to flooding and flood repairs in the last two years.

Work on the project will start in mid-May and is scheduled to be completed by early September.

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