41 kms of local highways in line for paving
Crews are working on numerous paving projects in the southern Interior, covering more than 500 kilometres of highways and side roads this year, including 41 kms in the East Kootenay.
More than $70 million is being invested in highway resurfacing and more than $20 million is being spent on side-road improvements in the southern Interior this year, a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure media release noted.
Work taking place in the region includes conventional paving of Highway 3 from Irishman Creek to Moyie townsite (14 kilometres) – work is expected to be complete in October.
And much-needed conventional paving is also going to take place on 27 kms of Westside Road (pictured), between Fairmont Hot Springs and Invermere, and on multiple Fairmont townsite roads. Work is expected to be complete in October.
Another project underway is the Highway 3A Creston to Sanca Creek Bridge resurfacing. In total, 35 kilometres of highway will be resurfaced using hot-in-place resurfacing. Work has started and is expected to be complete in the summer.
Hot-in-place resurfacing is a made-in-B.C. process involving repurposing the existing asphalt by heating, softening and blending it with a small amount of new asphalt before reapplying it to the surface. This method extends the operating life of the road, is faster, saves resources and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
“Investment in our transportation infrastructure has never been more important as we recover economically from the pandemic,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We are happy to see crews getting to work on these resurfacing projects. These kinds of investments are providing good-paying jobs for British Columbians and supporting the safe and efficient movement of people and goods that strengthen our economy.”
As these resurfacing projects are taking place, drivers can expect minor delays and, at times, single-lane alternating traffic. Drivers are reminded to obey construction zone speed limits and the direction of traffic control personnel. Updates on delays and closures are available at: www.DriveBC.ca