Highway upgrades on the way

Upgrades are coming to Hwy 5A between Stump and Nicola Lakes this summer.
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KAMLOOPS – The province is moving forward with the resurfacing of 23 kilometres of Hwy 5A between Kamloops and Merritt this summer as the project goes to tender this week.

Both lanes of the highway between the head of Nicola Lake and Stump Lake Ranch will be resurfaced and new delineators will be added to improve visibility. An LED curve warning sign and a new roadside pullout are also in development.

“This major resurfacing project is the latest in a series of investments by our government into safety improvements for Highway 5A. Our stats show this work is paying off, with a greater awareness on safety by motorists resulting in fewer serious crashes,” transportation minister Todd Stone said in a release Tuesday.

Safety improvements and increased enforcement of the busy highway over the past two years have resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in serious collisions involving commercial trucks, which account for 35 per cent of the daily traffic in the corridor. The increased enforcement has also helped reduce truck speeding violations by 70 per cent.

As a result of the reductions the province has decided to not implement a commercial trucking ban on the route, as had been requested by area residents earlier this year.

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