Project to improve safety on Fording River Road
Work is underway on a $2.9-million project to rehabilitate about nine kilometres of Fording River Road near Elkford.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has awarded a $2.9-million contract to Interoute Construction Ltd. Work is expected to be completed by mid-September.
“Rehabilitating Fording River Road will provide a safe and reliable route to serve the operations of Teck Coal, a key contributor to the economy of the East Kootenay and the entire province,” Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett said. “We expect Teck to be in operation there for many more years, so this project is essential for workers to ensure they come home safe to their families every day.”
The project involves removing and replacing damaged asphalt, some base repairs and replacement of concrete roadside barriers. The work will also improve safety for other users of the road, which include forestry and recreational users, such as hunters, fishers and snowmobilers.
The rehabilitation of Fording River Road will increase safety and improve the transportation route for Teck Coal operations, where reserves are projected to support mining at planned production rates for a further 73 years.
This project is part of B.C. on the Move, the provincial government’s 10-year plan for the improvement of B.C.’s transportation network.
As part of B.C. on the Move, more than $800 million over the next three years is dedicated to projects such as this one, which renew existing highways, bridges and side roads.