New lanes in works for Highway 16 West

Crews will start work in the coming weeks on building new and improved lanes on Highway 16 west of Burns Lake, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said Tuesday.

The $15-million project will include construction of a two-kilometre westbound passing lane, extension of the eastbound passing lane by 400 metres, and improvements to the entry and exit lanes to the brake check and chain off areas at Six Mile Summit.

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"The Highway 16 corridor has seen a significant increase in transport truck traffic in recent years, leading to congestion on the steeper sections of the highway," said Burns Lake Mayor Dolores Funk. "We strongly support this project, which will improve traffic flow and highway safety between our northern communities."

Drivers can expect some delays with single-lane alternating traffic and are reminded to check for the most up-to-date information.

The work is expected to be complete by fall 2021.

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