Upgrades to Central Street get underway

Central Street between Fifth Avenue and 10th Avenue will be getting a facelift.

The province has announced designed upgrades designed to improve safety and access.

People who live and work in Prince George have been requesting traffic flow and pedestrian safety upgrades along this corridor, according to a government news release.

Work includes:

  • Closure of access from the north end of Central Street West to Fifth Avenue, and the addition of a new pedestrian sidewalk.
  • Conversion of the existing right-in/right-out Spruceland Mall access into an off-ramp from Highway 97, with an extended right-turn deceleration lane.
  • Construction of a new on-ramp onto Highway 97, 50 metres south of Eighth Avenue.
  • Decommissioning of the existing right-in/right-out Highway 97access, immediately north of 10th Avenue.

The $400,000 project – a partnership between the Province and the City of Prince George – will use the Fort George District Hired Equipment Program, which hires equipment from local owners and operators.

Construction is expected to begin in late August and finish in October 2018. During this time, the public is advised to watch for traffic control personnel and signage in the project area, and expect minor closures and delays. Detour signage will be in place to advise drivers of alternate routes.

Access to businesses on Central Street West will remain open at all times during construction.