The first is widening Highway 2 from Tupper Creek to 192 Road near the Alberta to four lanes, with work scheduled to begin this spring and be completed by fall of 2014. That project would also include improvements to the intersections at Highway 52, 191 Road and 192 Road, with right turn lanes for safer access on and off the highway. As well, two new bridges will be built over Tupper Creek and Four Mile Creek, for an animal passage, and the existing Tupper Creek #1 Bridge will be widened.
5.7 kilometres of Highway 2 between Rolla Road and 8 Street in Dawson Creek is also set to be four-laned, with work scheduled to begin this spring and be completed by fall of 2015. There will also be intersection improvements on Highway 2 at 6 Street, 4 Street, the industrial park, the airport and Rolla Road, including turning lanes and street lights. 7 Street will also be realigned to tie into Highway 2 at the Dangerous Goods Route for improved traffic movement and safety. The intersection of the 215 Road and 1 Street will also be realigned to have a single light signal, to improve safety for crossing vehicles.
Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom announced the twinning on Highways 2 and 97 North back in July 2011 when he was Transportation Minister, a project that will take several years and hundreds of millions of dollars to complete in phases.
“As a former Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, I know this road network is crucial to keeping our economy moving and I have always pushed for its expansion and development in our region," he says. "These four-laning projects on Highway 2 will reduce congestion, improve safety, and improve access for tourists, residents, and commercial vehicles, and so I’m happy to see these projects moving forward.”