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Highway 97 twinning to resume

Motorists on Highway 97 are being asked to be careful as construction to twin the highway in a six-kilometre stretch south of the city ramps up again.

Shawn Cooke of Cantex Okanagan Construction, contractor for the project, said the company will resume a full compliment of staff March 22 after being on light duty through the winter months.

Motorists can expect starts and stops and small delays through that portion of the highway Monday through to Saturday from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. until the fall.

Cooke reminds motorists to be careful travelling around the large working equipment, to not pass in the construction zone and to watch speeds.

The construction is part of the ministry’s Cariboo Connector project, which aims to widen the 440 km portion of Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George to four lanes.

The four-laning between the south boundary of the Williams Lake Indian Reserve and Lexington Road, along with intersection improvements at Peters Drive, Chief Will Yum Gas Bar and the Mission Road and Moose Drive intersections and improving the safety and access at Lexington Road and Sutton Road as well as the repositioning of a pedestrian underpass, is expected to be completed in November, 2017 at a cost of $47 million.

The status of the anticipated four-laning of Highway 97 and intersection improvements at Carson Drive and Toop Road in Williams Lake is currently listed as “in preparation.”

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