It was announced today that up to $40 million in joint funding will be provided from the Federal and Provincial Government to upgrade a stretch of Highway 97 prone to accidents and landslides.
Highway 97 acts as the primary route connecting British Columbia with Alaska and the Yukon. It’s also the main route for tourism and transportation of natural resources from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.
The project involves the continuation of four lanes at the middle section of South Taylor Hill, 20 kilometres south of Fort St. John. In addition, the project will include grade and alignment improvements and extensive stabilization work to reduce the risk of slides and subsequent road closures. New wider, paved shoulders and painted medians will also contribute to highway safety.
Once complete, the improvements will increase safety and keep the route open for use by local residents, tourists and commercial drivers passing through the South Taylor Hill area.