New passing lane for Valemount

This project builds on work completed on a passing lane near Blue River last year

A $1.63 million contract has been awarded to Dawson Construction of Kamloops to design and construct a new southbound passing lane on Highway 5, 55 kilometres south of Valemount near Chappell Creek, announced Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake and Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond.

This new passing lane will make travel along this corridor safer and more efficient for commercial and recreational traffic. This project builds on work completed on a passing lane near Blue River last year.

As an integral part of the national and provincial highway system, Highway 5 is a main north-south route in southern B.C., connecting the southern Trans-Canada Highway No. 1 and the northern Yellowhead Trans-Canada Highway No. 16.

“This is welcome news for all motorists travelling on Highway 5,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said. “This passing lane will help improve traffic flow and provide better passing opportunities for travellers helping them arrive at their destination safe and sound.”

“The addition of passing lanes on Highway 5 has been a priority for my constituents and I,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Many Robson Valley residents travel this corridor on a regular basis and the addition of the Chappell Creek passing lane will help ensure safer travel. We look forward to additional investments and improvements in the coming years.”

Work on the Chappell Creek project is scheduled to begin in July and be completed by the end of September this year.

For more information on transportation and infrastructure improvement projects throughout B.C. please visit: th.gov.bc.ca/tranprojectsbc.