Construction crews finish up a day’s work Friday evening on Highway 97 by Likely Road.

Construction crews finish up a day’s work Friday evening on Highway 97 by Likely Road.

Highway work to finish in September

Construction on Highway 97 from 148 Mile House to Likely Road should be completed by the end of September.

Construction on Highway 97 from 148 Mile House to Likely Road should be completed by the end of September, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure project manager Sue Stankievich says.

“They are still on schedule, as per their resubmitted schedule. There haven’t been any delays,” she says.

The work is still within the total project budget of $18.8 million, she adds.

Speaking from Kamloops on Friday, Stankievich says crews are now working on the Valley Creek culvert, which is a fairly big excavation.

“The culvert is a multi-plate corrugated steel pipe arch 3.9 metres wide by 2.69 metres high, and 51.535 metres long.”

The culvert should be completed early September.

“They’ve got it well-marked for traffic, the multi-plates going in there. The median islands are in, which really dilineates the traffic. You can really see where the intersections are. That’s been a big help,” Stankievich says.

This week paving will commence for the top lift from the south end of the project to the Borland Creek Bridge, while paving from the bridge to north of Likely Road is scheduled for September.

Contractor Cougar Rock Conracting has 12 to 15 people working on site from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m daily.

There is  a detour in place around the Valley Creek Culvert work.

Stankievich says ministry staff appreciates the patience of the public and local business community on this project, the last of 18 projects completed under Phase 1 of the Cariboo Connector expansion.

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