A contract has been awarded to resurface a portion of Highway 95 south of Golden, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister ShirleyBond announced today.
“Highway 95 is an important route for residents and visitors to Golden and area,” said Bond. “But as we saw this winter, Highway 95 is also an important detour route for commercial vehicles when Highway 1 is closed by avalanches through the Kicking Horse Canyon. We’re working to ensure Highway 95 stays in top condition.”
A $1.5-million contract has been awarded to Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. to resurface approximately 5.5 kilometres of Highway 95, from Nicholson north to Golden. As part of this contract, there will also be local side road improvements. Work will begin this spring, with completion anticipated by Aug. 30.
This work on Highway 95 builds on recently announced improvements to Highway 1 near Golden. Work is underway on the replacement of the existing two-lane Donald Bridge with a new four-lane bridge over the Columbia River, as well as a new four-lane crossing over the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Donald Bridge project is expected to be completed by December 2012.
Since 2001, the Province has invested $880 million in transportation and community infrastructure in the Kootenay region.
This construction season will be a busy one on B.C. highways. Motorists are advised to “know before you go” and check DriveBC for any planned construction delays: www.drivebc.ca. You can also follow DriveBC on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/drivebc.