The road less bumpy: 157 kilometres of Vancouver Island highways will be resurfaced

The road less bumpy: 157 kilometres of Vancouver Island highways will be resurfaced
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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has four planned projects to resurface 157 kilometres of highways across Vancouver Island.

Two of the projects are currently underway, while the remaining two will get started in the spring and summer.

For the projects underway, ARC Asphalt Recycling has been awarded a $3.3 million contract to repave Highway 19 Nanaimo Parkway between the Cedar Flyover to Superior Road, and O.K. Industries has been awarded a $10.7 million contract to pave the Strathcona Parkway from Highway 19 to Nordic Drive in Courtenay.

Both of these projects are expected to be complete by Sept. 30.

Two additional projects are planned to get underway during the spring and summer.

On the South Island, Highway 17 will be resurfaced between Vanalman and Vernon avenues, and McKenzie Avenue will be resurfaced between Burnside Road and Douglas Avenue.

The last project is on Highway 19, with the first being between Superior Road to Craigs Crossing between Lantzville and Parksville.

In total, the province says these projects will cost $30 million to upgrade highways on the Island to making driving “smoother, more efficient and safer for all people travelling in the region.”

“Effective transportation infrastructure plays a critical role in supporting community connectivity, especially for people living in more remote areas,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure in a news release. “Our ongoing efforts to enhance the region’s roadways will ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, and also foster greater ease of travel.”

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