Province upgrades Highway 101 north of Powell River

Widening and resurfacing of short stretch between Wildwood and Lund will disrupt traffic

A $2.6 million Highway 101 improvement between Powell River and Lund begins this week.

Drivers can expect single lane, alternating traffic and delays of up to 30 minutes during construction, Mondays to Saturdays.                         

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BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI)  released information about the project on Tuesday, August 7.

Work on a one-kilometre stretch between Krompocker Road and Malaspina Road, which is the turnoff to Okeover Arm, will include resurfacing, drainage and alignment upgrades, widening and paved shoulders.

“Widening the road by 1.5 metres will make this stretch more usable for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians,” stated the ministry in a media release. “Highway 101 is a heavily used corridor along the coast and the pavement is in poor condition. These upgrades will improve ride comfort and safety.”

Work begins in the middle of high tourist season for the area and is expected to be completed in the fall.

This is the second project MOTI has done on Highway 101 this year. A short stretch of the road between Willingdon Beach and Brooks Secondary School was widened earlier this summer with paved shoulders to make the section of road safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

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