Paving to start this month

  • Apr. 7, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Highway 16 between Port and Masset is about to get smoother, with re-paving set to begin at the end of this month.Adventure Paving of Prince Rupert, a division of YCS Holdings Ltd, will be levelling and paving the 43.7 km stretch of highway, as well as Beitush Road in Tlell.The project is expected to cost almost $6 million.If all goes according to plan and weather permitting, Ministry of Transportation regional project manager Clayton Tomas says the work is expected to be completed by mid-June.This section of road was last paved in the late 1980s and is the only one on the islands that hasn’t been repaved in recent years.This paving project has been on a ministry waiting list for several years. In 2007, former Skeena District Operations Manager Don Ramsay brought a regional transportation advisory committee to Haida Gwaii. He later said committee members were impressed with the condition of island roads compared to those in other parts of the region.