Crews Make Progress In Repairs to Washed Out Roads
Prince George, B.C.- The Ministry of Transportation says it has crews working “day and night” to make repairs to roads that were washed out during last week’s flooding in the South Peace area.It is hoped highway 97 through the Pine Pass to Chetwynd will be reopened to single lane alternating traffic by the end of this week.
The Ministry says there are nearly 180 pieces of equipment already on the job repairing the 131 repair sites throughout the South Peace region. 58 of the damage sites were on numbered roads, 73 on various side roads .
There are 16 pieces of heavy equipment at the major re-construction sites with ministry engineers and construction experts on hand to make sure all roads are rebuilt to safely carry the public.
Minister of Transportation, Todd Stone says five of the six numbered highways in the region are now open. “We have managed to provide access for ministry crews and contractors south of Hasler so we can bring supplies to local residents affected by the flooding” says Stone “Highway 2 in Dawson Creek is now open to two lanes with traffic control and crews working hard to restore the highway to four lanes by next week.”
Stone says 20 of the 38 side roads that were damaged are open to at least single lane alternating traffic.