Highway Crossing Project Shelved

Kathy Brookes

The B.C. government has officially put a huge project on Highway 16 west of Terrace on hold.

In a news release, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the Mile 28 Daumont Level Crossing project is being deferred to a later date due to escalating costs.

It says the price tag for building a bridge over the railway tracks and associated upgrades has more than doubled from the $37-million budgetted in 2015.

The release cites "significant changes to the construction landscape" for the increase. 

While the overhead project sits on the shelf, the ministry says it will be spending $5-million to improve safety at the Mile 28 CN crossing. 

The work to begin this summer will include upgraded guardrails and improved visual cues for drivers, such as speed reader boards and better flashing lights. 

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