Improvements Coming to 16 West
Prince George B.C.- The Provincial Ministry of Transportation has announced some improvements to highway 16 from Prince George to Prince Rupert.
The Federal Government is providing just over $16 million while BC is contributing just over $21.5 million to make improvements along the roadway including five additional passing lanes and an upgrade to the junction of Highways 16 and 37 in Terrace.
The new passing lanes will be located:
* Cluculz Lake Hill, about 40km west of Prince George.
* Broman Lake near Burns Lake
* Tyhee Lake, east of Telkwa between Houston and Smithers
* Toboggan Lake near Smithers and
* Rainbow Hill, 30 kilometres east of Prince Rupert;
In a separate project, the plans have been finalized to remove the last level rail crossing between Prince Rupert and the Alberta border. The project will see the installation of an overpass at the mile 28 rail crossing west of Terrace. With long trains hauling containers to and from the Prince Rupert Port, vehicular traffic can be stopped at the crossing for extended periods. The project has a cost of $37 million with the Federal government contributing $17.5 million and the Province carrying nearly $19.5 million.
The project calls for the realignment of about 2kms of highway 16. It is expected construction of the rail crossing will start in the spring of 2017 and be complete in 2019.