Work begins on Highway 19 upgrades between Nanaimo and Lantzville

Work begins on Highway 19 upgrades between Nanaimo and Lantzville

Upgrades have begun on a major highway between Nanaimo and Lantzville.

B.C. government says crews are installing a larger culvert system and improving drainage under the slope adjacent to Highway 19 near Lantzville.

The work comes less than a year after a sinkhole opened up amid heavy rains on the highway at Superior Road, forcing the roadway to close for repairs.

“This will make the highway less vulnerable to damage from runoff and extreme rain,” the province said in a media release.

Although crews are currently working away from the highway, they will begin working under the road starting in mid-August.

This, the province says, will result in temporary lane closures from Monday to Friday between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.

In an effort to minimize traffic disruptions, daytime work will be restricted to the shoulder.

There will be a speed limit of 60 km/h through the construction zone and traffic control personnel will be on-site.

Furthermore, hot-in-place asphalt resurfacing of the slow lanes and right-side auxiliary lanes between Cedar Road and Superior Road will also be carried out beginning Aug. 22 and finishing in late September.

Work will take place overnight from Sunday to Friday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the duration of the project. There will be short, single-lane closures to limit traffic delays, according to the province.

The province says the work is expected to be complete by October.



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