Highway pullout just south of Williams Lake to remain

The pullout on Highway 97 south of Williams Lake will not be de-activated after all.

The pullout on Highway 97, 10 kilometres south of Williams Lake will not be de-activated after all.

Originally the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said it would be closed, however, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced the pull-out will be improved.

Improvements at the site include the replacement of two toilets, the washrooms made wheelchair accessible, installation of illuminaries and improved signage.

“Whether you drive for a living or you just need to pull over and rest, motorists rely on safe, clean, well-lit rest areas,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “Drivers and motorists heading north, who need to make a stop south of Williams Lake on Highway 97, will be met with cleaner, brighter conditions, now that these improvements are complete.”

The estimated cost of these improvements is approximately $125,000.

This is the only site north of the Big Bar Rest Area near Clinton that has facilities that can accommodate northbound truckers.

“The Cariboo Connector is a well-travelled corridor and critical link for industrial traffic so it is great to see these improvements have been made to the rest area outside of Williams Lake,” said Cairboo-Chilcotin MLA and Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Donna Barnett. “Having a safe place to pull over and have a rest is important for the safety of the commercial trucking industry and other road users.”