Monday, February 6, 2017

Transportation Ministry highlights Tuck Inlet road project

While those that travel back and forth between Prince Rupert and Lax Kw'alaams have been enjoying the improved road access that was completed over the summer for a while now.

For many in the region, the Tuck Inlet road is a route less travelled, though one that has made for much in the way of conversation over the last few months.

As we noted on the blog in December, the main contract work for the project went to Prince Rupert's Adventure Paving and for their efforts they received acclaim as a contractor of the year, as they delivered the highly anticipated project on time and on budget.

To get a better understanding of some of the challenges of that work, the Ministry of Transportation has created an online feature review of the Tuck Inlet road project, complete with background on the job as well as photos and videos.

One of many photos from an online feature
by the Ministry of Transportation that
reviews the Tuck Inlet road project
The overview provides a pretty good overview of the scope of the work that was required and just how large the project was.

Besides the laying of the blacktop on the roadway, the project included work on four bridges, a number of culverts and the installation of concrete barriers and speed reader boards.

In addition to the road work, the parking lot at the Tuck Inlet Ferry landing was also paved for the first time, with lighting installed at that location powered by solar panels and wind turbines.

You can check out the full overview here.

The completed project was recently celebrated by Premier Christy Clark when she visited Lax Kw'alaams in January, with the Premier hailing the roadway as a good example of cooperation between the two levels of government for the region.

For those of us that may never take advantage of the opportunity to make the trek north, the Ministry of Transportation offers up an aerial view of the drive along the Tuck Inlet Road.

More notes related to items of interest from Lax Kw'alaams can be found here, while other Transportation Ministry initiatives around the Northwest can be examined on our Highway 16 corridor archive.

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