Both highways are cited as critical corridors supporting northern liquefied natural gas development and other industrial growth.
Currently Highway 97 North has a classification level of B, for the portion between Prince George and Chetwynd.
After the change, the entire northern section all the way from Cache Creek, to the end of the provincial jurisdiction, north of Fort St. John will be Class-A.
These Changes will also make Class-A, the entire Highway 16 corridor from Prince Rupert to the B.C./Alberta border.
The changes are expected to be in effect by mid-to-late February.