Work to begin on highway upgrade project

The province announced it approved a contract to resurface approximately 15 kilometres of highway between Fernie and Hosmer.

On July 18, the province announced it approved a contract worth $3 million to resurface approximately 15 kilometres of highway between Fernie and Hosmer.

Okanagan Aggregates Ltd., based in Armstrong, B.C., was awarded the contract, which will see repaving of Highway 3 between the East Fernie Bridge and the passing lanes near Hosmer. Along with the highway, rutted areas on the Fernie arterial will receive upgrades, as well as repairs to shoulders west of Fernie.

“The project will also include resurfacing five kilometres of side roads using recycled asphalt pavement. The side roads being resurfaced are Martha Road, Robinson Road, Hill Road, Givern Road, Cunliffe Road, Olivia Road, Brickers Road and the Olsen Rest Area,” said a press release issued by the province.

“Highway 3 is important from a local and commercial standpoint, and these improvements will ensure we can move people and goods more smoothly,” said Bill Bennett, MLA for Kootenay East in the press release.  “This investment is good for traveler safety and good for our economy.”

This project is part of the provincial government’s 10-year plan to improve B.C.’s transportation network, called B.C. on the Move.

The work began on July 18 and is estimated to be completed in early October.