People can now view the preliminary design for the proposed Quesnel North-South Interconnector designed to increase safety and reduce traffic congestion in the region.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has completed the preliminary design. The ministry invites people to go online for more information and to see a 3D animation showing the route.
For many years, people who live and work in Quesnel have been asking for a solution to traffic issues, especially commercial trucks travelling into the downtown core and creating traffic snarls.
The North-South Interconnector was recommended as a long-term future priority in the 2018 Quesnel Transportation Study. Following three open houses with members of the community, the interconnector was the preferred option with more than 80% support.
The proposed route would remove heavy-truck traffic from Highway 97 in the downtown core by allowing commercial trucks to bypass it. The projected route also includes two new structures to replace the Quesnel River Bridge and the Quesnel Rail Crossing Bridge.
The design also features a new 3.7-kilometre section of Highway 97 from North Star Road to River Park Road.
The Interconnector is anticipated to cost in the range of $350 to $500 million to construct.