June 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - Summer is sometimes referred to as construction season, and that will definitely be the case in the Kamloops area this year.
Aside from several larger projects happening in Kamloops this summer — Notre Dame Drive and Tranquille Road for example — the Ministry of Transportation is also completing work in the area.
Work on Highway 1 from Monte Creek to Pritchard has now been completed, following minor finishing work this spring. Other lane expansion work along the Trans-Canada Highway corridor is still in the planning or actual construction phases.
A total of nearly 30 kilometres of Highway 5A outside of Merritt is to be the site of a hot-in-place recycle project and is also nearly complete.
Highway 97C from Logan Lake to Highland Valley Copper Mine, Highway 8 through Merritt, and Douglas Lake Road are all being resurfaced beginning in early August while work on 13 kilometres of Long Lake Road and a short section of Highway 1 from Springhill Overpass to Sagebrush overpass will begin mid-July or early August.
For those on the Coquihalla Highway, watch for a resurfacing project starting in July between Nicolum Creek Bridge and Portia Bridge, for Portia Bridge to Box Canyon and between Ottomite Bridge and the Zopkios brake check. Work on those three sections is expected to wrap up in September.
A bit closer to home, a small single-lane wood bridge on Kamloops Lake Drive on the west end of Kamloops Lake will be replaced this summer. The bridge is located off Savona Access Road, which will be closed until Aug. 26 while crews replace the current bridge with an upgraded pre-cast concrete one and realign the surrounding roadway.
Work on Highway 5 north of Kamloops is also set to take place beginning this month and lasting through the summer.
Drivers are encouraged to check Drive B.C. for live 'real-time' highway conditions, travel advisories and closures.
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