Submitted by BC Gov Communications

Construction of a southbound passing lane on Highway 5 near Camp Creek has begun thanks to a $1.19 million investment from the B.C. government.

A construction contract has been awarded to Borrow Enterprises Ltd. of Clearwater to perform the work.

This project is part of government’s commitment to construct additional passing lanes between Kamloops and Tete Jaune Cache to promote safety and efficiency under B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year transportation plan.

“Highway 5 is a busy route that serves local residents as well as commercial and recreational traffic,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Improvements to this highway have been a priority and additional passing lanes will increase travel safety along this busy corridor. With work underway, drivers will need to demonstrate extra patience as crews undertake this important project.”

“Highway 5 is an important trade corridor that contributes to our local economy,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said. “This passing lane will help keep our people and goods moving safely and more smoothly.”

Improving highway capacity and reliability are a priority of B.C. on the Move, a 10-year transportation plan that outlines critical investments and improvements throughout the province that will improve the daily lives of British Columbians.