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Hwy 20 pathway under construction in Williams Lake

Construction along the shoulder of Highway 20 to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists

Cyclists and pedestrians will be pleased to learn the shoulder along a stretch of Highway 20 in Williams Lake is getting a facelift.

Crews began work on Monday, June 3 on the eastern portion of the roadside along Highway 20, a critical, busy corridor linking the downtown to the south and west sides of the city, between Mackenzie Avenue and South Lakeside Drive.

A Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) spokesperson confirmed the work includes grading the shoulder, improving drainage, replacing asphalt curbs and paving and widening the path where possible.

"The paved surface will make it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists," noted the emailed response from MoTI.

Work is expected to take 10 to 15 days and motorists can anticipate some slight delays and eastbound traffic being reduced to one lane.

Members of the public are asked to follow traffic patrol personnel and traffic flow signs.

Williams Lake city councillor Joan Flaspohler began championing the cause for an improved pathway last year after hearing from residents concerned for their safety while walking and cycling the highway. Her efforts were supported by mayor and council.

Monica Lamb-Yorski

About the Author: Monica Lamb-Yorski

A B.C. gal, I was born in Alert Bay, raised in Nelson, graduated from the University of Winnipeg, and wrote my first-ever article for the Prince Rupert Daily News.
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