The NDP Government are hoping to widen South Taylor Hill
The provincial government is looking into widening the South Taylor Hill.
Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says work is underway to complete the widening of the hill but states that there are "geotechnical challenges" with the hill. That means there are no dates currently slated for when the project will be complete.
Work on the second phase is still being planned. The announcement has [pleased local MLA Mike Bernier.
"Four or five years ago it was announced that were going to be 4-laning from the Taylor Bridge all the way up to the top of the South Taylor Hill,” says Bernier. “A lot of truck drivers know that there is that one corner where 6-10% needs to be re-done. That's where all the trucks are spinning out."
Bernier says she has been made aware both by Peace Region residents and Peace River North MLA Dan Davies about the importance of getting the hill fixed as soon as possible.
"Dan Davies the MLA in the North Peace and myself have met and asked numerous times of the new minister if her commitment was still there because it was under the old government,” says Bernier. “I’m pleased to hear that she has said that the second phase of the South Taylor Hill is still in the plans."
Bernier says staffs are currently working on a plan to make sure the fix is done properly to reduce stability issues in the future.
The hill was reduced down to a single lane with alternating traffic in May, 2017 for several weeks when part of the hill slumped due to wet weather.