Construction will begin soon on the Highway 97 Williams Lake Indian Band to Lexington Road project just south of Williams Lake. Here in 2015 officials from WLIB and the province gathered to announce a tentative agreement on the project.

Construction will begin soon on the Highway 97 Williams Lake Indian Band to Lexington Road project just south of Williams Lake. Here in 2015 officials from WLIB and the province gathered to announce a tentative agreement on the project.

Four-lane highway construction begins south of Williams Lake

A project to four-lane a six kilometre section of Highway 97 near Williams Lake is underway.

Equipment has been arriving this week to begin four-laning a six-kilometre section of Highway 97 near Williams Lake.

“This project will see over six kilometres of the highway widened to four lanes from the Williams Lake Indian Reserve #1 near 150 Mile House north to Lexington Road,” Transportation Minister Todd Stone said Wednesday.

In advance of the project getting underway, the Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) has been constructing a new on-reserve frontage road that will link the band’s Coyote Rock Development Project and other development lands with the new highway alignment.

“This is a critically important project for the Williams Lake Indian Band and the region as a whole,” WLIB Chief Ann Louie said. “These works will improve the safety of this section of highway and greatly enhance the potential for economic development on our lands.”

The band is pleased the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has recognized the need to collaborate with First Nations, particularly when projects are running through reserve lands, Louie said.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and their contractor during the delivery of this project.”

A $21.6-million contract for the project was awarded to Cantex-Okanagan Construction of Penticton.

One of the band’s goals, working with Cantex and the transportation ministry, is to ensure that as many community members are hired for the project as possible, WLIB Coun. Willie Sellars said.

“The good thing about what we have been up to as the WLIB is that there is a lot of opportunity for band members to get to work, whether it be with excavation or now with Cantex, the mine or through other venues like fencing and things we’ve got going on through our natural resources department,” Sellars said. “It’s been pretty exciting.”

The highway project is scheduled to be completed in November 2017.

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said Highway 97 is a key trade route and important highway for commerce throughout the province.

“We’ll continue to fulfill our commitment to widen the corridor between Cache Creek and Prince George in the coming years to increase safety and support our commercial trucking industry,” Oakes said.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

International Women’s Day is March 8. (Internationalwomensday.com)
International Women’s Day 2021: #choosetochallenge

International Women’s Day is marked annually on March 8

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Amarjit Khakh of Williams Lake. (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Amarjit Khakh

Kindness and giving, key to full life

Sierra William (left) with her grandmother Eileen William. (Roger William photo)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Sierra William

Xeni Gwet’in woman finds strength in tradition

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Most Read