Highway improvements and line painting now underway on B.C. highways

More than 400km of roads being improved in the Southern Interior this spring and summer

A busy season of road resurfacing and line painting has started in the Southern Interior, with more than 400 kilometres of highways and side roads in the area due to be resurfaced, and line painting taking place in all five regions of B.C., including Thompson-Okanagan.

A resurfacing project on Highway 3 between Saturday Creek and Whipsaw Creek Bridge near Princeton has already started, and is scheduled to be complete in July 2019. Other major resurfacing projects taking place in the region this spring and summer include:

Highway 97: Intermittent resurfacing from Clinton to Lac La Hache and side roads (30 kilometres)

Highway 97: Intermittent hot-in-place asphalt recycling from Loon Lake Road to Clinton and from Lovett Road to Wright Station (39 kilometres)

Highway 1 and Highway 5 in Kamloops: Resurfacing Highway 5 from the Yellowhead Interchange to CN Junction, the Highway 1 bypass from Yellowhead Interchange to Columbia Street, and miscellaneous areas along Highway 1 through the Valleyview corridor and various on and off ramps

Highway 97C: Resurfacing from Lower Nicola to Logan Lake and Tunkwa Lake Road between Savona and Tunkwa Lake (67 kilometres)

Highway 24: Sealcoating from the Highway 97 Junction to Lone Butte and side roads near 100 Mile House (47 kilometres)

Highway 1: Resurfacing two sections from Annis Pit to Malakwa near Sicamous (34 kilometres)

Side roads near Salmon Arm: Numerous side roads west of Highway 1 and east of Highway 97, including Salmon Valley Road, McTavish Road, Yankee Flats Road, and Haywood Armstrong Road

Highway 3: Sealcoating between Stirling Creek Bridge and Riverside RV Park, and Sunday Summit area near Princeton (26 kilometres)

Highway 1 near Revelstoke: From Revelstoke Park East Gate to Glacier Park West Gate, resurfacing 20 kilometres of Highway 1

Highway 97 near Quesnel: Hot-in-place asphalt recycling 13 kilometres of Highway 97 between the Highway 26 junction and Cottonwood River Bridge

More than $70 million is being invested in highway and side road improvements in the Southern Interior in 2019. While these resurfacing projects are underway, drivers can expect minor delays and, at times, single-lane alternating traffic. The ministry appreciates peoples’ patience while this work takes place.

Drivers are reminded to slow down, obey traffic control personnel, and check www.drivebc.ca for the most up-to-date highway information.

Pavement marking is also underway throughout the province with higher standards than previous years, which makes the paint easier for people to see. The following changes were made to improve pavement marking:

* Twenty per cent more lines painted annually throughout the province;

* Use of larger glass beads in coastal areas for increased reflectivity and visibility at night, and thicker paint for longer-lasting pavement marking;

* Second-coat application in areas that experience premature wear; and

* Enhanced contractor monitoring and auditing to maintain consistent performance.

Due to more favourable weather conditions, the first lines were painted on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Pavement marking is now taking place in all regions, with schedules being weather-dependent and subject to change. For more information on pavement marking, including maps for each service area, visit http://bit.ly/2VyZr55.


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