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Dangerous section of Coquihalla Highway getting $2.2M worth of safety work

FILE PHOTO - Centre median barriers, similar to the ones on Highway 7 in Mission pictured in this July 14, 2021 file photo, are being added to a dangerous stretch of the Coquihalla Highway near Merritt.
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June 05, 2021 - 7:00 AM

Motorists using the Coquihalla Highway can expect delays south of Merritt when work to install centre median barriers, and other safety improvements, begin later this month.

A $2.2 million contract to install the concrete barriers in addition to shoulder widening has been issued to Jakes Construction Ltd. for the Highway 5 Mine Creek Curves project located 55 kilometres south of Merritt, according to a Ministry of Transportation media release today, June 3.

The project site covers a section of the Coquihalla Highway that has been the location of some cross-over crashes in the past.

Plans are for the installation of four kilometres of centre median barrier.

Work is expected to get underway later this month, with completion scheduled for fall.

The ministry says drivers can expect delays during the project and reminds them to obey construction zone speed limits.

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