Local MLA Doug Donaldson welcomes the seal coating of Kispiox Valley Road

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HAZELTON – New Democrat MLA Doug Donaldson is welcoming the seal coating of 137 lane kilometres of roadway, including 22 lane kilometres along the Kispiox Valley Road which will improve safety and efficiency along the route.

“People in the Kispiox Valley have been waiting on improvements to the Kispiox Valley Road for a long time and it’s something I have advocated for as an MLA,” said the MLA for Stikine. “Finally the gravel road will be seal coated from Kispiox village to the 17-mile bridge, creating a smooth and dust-free corridor that’s safer, more comfortable for users and means less wear and tear on vehicles.”

The project will seal coat 22 lane kilometres of Kispiox Valley Road as well as a section of Highway 16 from Boulder Creek West to New Hazelton, for a total of 137 lane kilometres of resurfacing. The budget for the project is $3.2 million, of which $750,000 has been allocated for the Kispiox Valley Road portion. Work is expected to begin August 2019.

Total lane kilometres are calculated by multiplying the length of a road by its number of lanes. For example, one kilometre of a 4-lane highway is four lane kilometres.

The New Democrat government is committed to improving roads and highways in communities across the province so that the people of B.C. can get where they need to go safely and efficiently.