The City of Prince George wishes to apologize to residents who were inconvenienced by a traffic disruption this morning on Highway 97 that significantly slowed southbound traffic into the Bowl.
At approximately 7:30am this morning, the City initiated a closure of a southbound lane of the Highway at the intersection with Northwood Pulpmill Road. This was to facilitate work on manholes, catch basins, and water valves that is required before the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure re-paves this section of the Highway in early June. The Ministry provided the City with a permit to complete the work, but it coincided with a closure of Foothills Boulevard, which is being re-paved this week. This considerably increased traffic volumes on Highway 97.
“Once we noticed the significant effects on traffic travelling southbound on Highway 97, we removed the lane closure,” says Gina Layte Liston, Director of Public Works. “Unfortunately, even though the lane closure was removed within the hour, it still took some time for traffic to return to normal and we apologize for the inconvenience that motorists experienced.”
The work to prepare the Highway for repaving will still be required, but it will be conducted during off-peak times, including the night shift, starting Sunday evening. At various times next week, portions of the Highway between 5th Avenue and Chief Lake Road will experience single-lane traffic in preparation for re-paving. Foothills is scheduled to re-open tomorrow morning.
Written and released by City of Prince George.
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