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Some side roads in the North Peace getting resurfaced

FORT ST. JOHN – Construction crews start work this week to resurface 21.4 kilometres of side roads in the North Peace, making the drive safer and smoother for travellers.

The $4-million project will begin five kilometres north of Cecil Lake Road on Rose Prairie Road. Resurfacing crews will work north to 260 Road, east to 259 Road, then north again, ending at Milligan Creek Road. The resurfacing method will be hot-in-place recycling.

Hot-in-place-recycling is a common resurfacing method. The top layer of asphalt is heated, reprocessed and then deposited to replace the original layer, done by a specialized motorized vehicle. This resurfacing method is quick and cost effective. Once the surface is compacted and cooled, the roadway is ready for use.

This project is part of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s work to maintain and improve the side-road network in the North Peace. The work includes resurfacing, additional gravelling, brushing, ditching and base repairs. Rose Prairie Road is an important side road in the North Peace, serving rural communities and industry north of Fort St. John.

The ministry is working closely with the contactor, ARC Asphalt Recycling Inc., and WorkSafeBC to ensure health and safety are maintained for all workers on site.

Provincial construction sites have protocols and policies in place following the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include physical distancing and other protocols to ensure worker and public safety.

Once the project begins, drivers can expect delays of up to 20 minutes and occasional single-lane alternating traffic during the day. The project is anticipated to be complete in September. The ministry appreciates people’s patience during this resurfacing work. Drivers are reminded to obey construction zone speed limits and the direction of traffic control personnel.

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