The Fort St. John to Fort Nelson route from Mile 47 to Mile 283 recorded 30 fatal crashes, and given the pending economic growth in the area, there are fears it is going get even more dangerous.
“It is just a reality of infrastructure not being kept up,” Mayor Lori Ackerman told Global News. “We’re at a point where we have inadequate roads for the type of traffic that we get, and the weight of those vehicles on the road.”
Two other sections of Highway 97 made the top twelve most dangerous list; with the Prince George to Chetwynd section recording 24 and Fort St. John to Dawson Creek at 13.
On the lower end of the spectrum, Highway 29 from Chetwynd to Fort St. John recorded five fatalities and Cheteynd to Tumbler Ridge recorded three.
The numbers cover the 2004 – 2013 period, and they show the entire province recorded 1,741 fatal crashes – many of them involving multiple vehicles and victims.
However, even though there were 125 such crashes in 2013, the total was less than 55 percent of the number in 2004 at 238 fatalities.
The comparative list involved stretches of highways longer than 50 kilometers between major population centres.