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October 27, 2017 3:32 pm

97 Widening Planned for Williams Lake

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 10:37 AM

Williams Lake, B.C. – As recovery efforts move forward in  the Cariboo, comes word of a major  transportation project  that  will be undertaken by  a Wiliams Lake company.

A 1.5-kilometre section of Highway 97 will be widened between Carson Drive and Toop Road within Williams Lake. Intersection improvements will be made to the Highway 97/Carson Drive intersection and the Toop Road intersection. In addition, a multi-use path will be constructed adjacent to the highway and improvements will also be made to the adjoining municipal network of McKinnon Road, 11th Avenue North and Broadway Avenue North.

Peterson Contracting Ltd. of Williams Lake has been awarded the $17-million contract. The City of Williams Lake is contributing $2 million in support of the project.

Construction is now starting with completion estimated for 2019.


Hwy 97 between Toop Rd and Carson Drive is only 257 meters in length and is already 4 lanes. The Toop Rd intersection only appears to be missing left turn lanes.

    That bottle neck of a quarter kilometre of road will save transportation a great deal more than the cost of the project in the long run . It’s good news for me . Williams lake is in the wrong place for us to slow down to a crawl . The lights at the bottom of the hill are much improved . I see a clover leaf , overpass there in the future . They’ve got the grade but not the money .

This project is very old news? It was tendered and awarded to Peterson last spring. What is with this anouncefment and big story now??? Politics?

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