Darfield passing lanes to get underway this spring

Preconstruction work like brushing, fencing and tree clearing is currently underway

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

KAMLOOPS – Construction of new passing lanes along Highway 5 between Barriere and Little Fort, near Darfield, is anticipated to begin this spring.

“Preconstruction work like brushing, fencing and tree clearing is currently underway and will be completed by the end of April,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “A new three-kilometre southbound passing lane will be added and the existing northbound passing lane will be extended by 2.7 kilometres, providing safer opportunities for motorists to pass and improving traffic flow.”

Construction is anticipated to begin in May and be completed in the fall of 2018. The project is now tendered on BC Bid.

“The Yellowhead Highway is a popular route for commercial and recreation vehicles,” said MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson Terry Lake. “That’s why, as part of B.C. on the Move, we committed to improving this stretch and adding safety features like guardrails, new passing lanes and resurfacing many sections of Highway 5.”

Over the last 10 years, the ministry has invested over $63 million in Highway 5 safety improvements between Kamloops and Tete Jaune Cache.

To learn more about B.C.’s 10-year transportation plan, click here: www.gov.bc.ca/bconthemove



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