Last Level Crossing on Highway 16 to be Changed
Prince George, B.C.- Anyone who has driven Highway 16 west to Prince Rupert knows of that one rail crossing, where traffic is brought to a halt while a CN train rumbles across.
It’s located about 28 miles west of Terrace, and with CN hauling containers to and from the Prince Rupert Port, the trains can be very long.
That means lots of waiting for traffic , especially during the summer when tourists hauling boats, campers, or in rented motorhomes, are making the trek east or west.
It is the last level crossing on highway 16, with highway drivers warned of its presence ( and the need to slow down) by rumble strips in the lanes approaching the tracks from east or west.
Next week, the Provincial Ministry of Transportation will be holding two information sessions where preliminary plans to change that crossing will be unveiled.
The project will see two kms of the highway realigned, the replacement of the current level rail crossing with a bridge overpass. The project also calls for wider shoulders for the roadway to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The price tag for the project is estimated to be $37 million dollars. The project is being funded by both the Provincial and federal Governments and is expected to go to tender this fall.
The first information session is set for Tuesday the 19th in Prince Rupert at the North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre, then on Wednesday the 20th, an information session for Terrace a the Best Western.
Both sessions are set to start at 4 and run till 7pm.