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Highway 5 construction to include passing lanes north of Kamloops

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April 29, 2016 - 1:42 PM

KAMLOOPS - Two kilometres of highway near Kamloops are about to get new passing lanes added.

Construction is starting in June on Highway 5 north of Kamloops and south of McLure, the Ministry of Transportation says in a release. The work, which will include a commercial truck pullout, is scheduled to wrap up in October.

The the area is a busy corridor for commercial trucks and will get busier with summer, Transportation Minister Todd Stone says in the release.

"Traffic volumes increase as we get closer to the busy summer season,” he says in the release. “These improvements will ease congestion and alleviate driver frustration by providing a safe place to pass.”

Engineering work has already begun for a three-kilometre passing lane for Highway 5 southbound near Darfield, with an addition of a northbound passing lane to be completed at a later date.

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