Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone on Oct. 25 after the province announced it plans to re-pave Highway 16 throughout the city limits in 2017.

$4.5 million investment to re-pave the Prince Rupert arterial

The province is investing $4.5 million into re-paving 4km of the highway from McClymont Bridge all the way to the BC Ferries terminal.

The province is investing $4.5 million into re-paving 4km of the highway from McClymont Bridge (beside the civic centre) all the way to the BC Ferries terminal.

The announcement was made today by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone, who met with the Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain during his visit to northern B.C.

“Second Avenue and McBride Street are the largest corridors through our city, the highway to the ferry terminal, and often the first impressions that visitors receive,” Brain said. “As one of Prince Rupert’s major thoroughfares, the city is excited to hear of the paving improvements announced by the province.”

The re-paving project is scheduled for early 2017, stated the press release. This is part of the provincial government’s “B.C. on the Move” 10-year plan to improve the transportation network across the province. “A top priority of B.C. on the Move is keeping our province’s highways and side roads in good condition,” Stone said. “Paving this section of the arterial will improve access from the ferry terminal to central Prince Rupert.”

In the next three years, the ministry will invest nearly $2.7 billion into revitalizing its transportation system.