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"B.C.'s highway system is the backbone of a strong economy," said the Premier in a statement. "Safe and reliable roads are a vital link between our communities for residents and industry and are a conduit to job creation. We will continue to work with the trucking industry to keep goods and services flowing throughout the province as we open up new markets for our natural resources."

The project is funded through the province's Oil and Gas Rural Road Improvement Program (OGRRIP), a program that accounts for $19 million of the $54 million being invested in highway and road improvements in the South Peace this year. Work is underway on the project and is expected to be completed in early October.

"Highway 52/Boundary Road is heavily used by the oil and gas industry and supports local jobs in our region," said Blair Lekstrom, Peace River South MLA and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "This improves safety for both industry and the travelling public."

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In the Peace region as a whole, $30 million is being invested this year to improve rural roads through OGRRIP. Since 2001, the provincial government reports it has invested more than $925 million in road and bridge improvements and maintenance in the Northeast.

The province is celebrating Oil and Gas Week 2011 between September 4-10 to coincide with the annual Oil and Gas Conference.

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