Aaron Hans and his grandson Xavier enjoying the new wide shoulder near 4Mile

Community members enjoying wider shoulders on busy highway

The summer paving project that resulted in the highway shoulders being widened from 4Mile to Bella Coola is being taken advantage of

The summer paving project that resulted in the highway shoulders being widened from 4Mile to Bella Coola is being taken advantage of by many residents.

All summer long the highway was busy as usual with walkers, bikers, and parents and grandparents pushing strollers. However, this time around people had a lot more room to move.

The project was the result of a true community effort. Letters were sent to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone from across the Valley. Partners included the Bella Coola General Hospital, the Nuxalk Nation, RCMP, Active Communities Bella Coola, Bella Coola Valley Tourism, MLA Jennifer Rice, CCRD, Acwsalcta School and School District 49.

Everyone expressed their concern over the poor condition of the road and the narrow shoulders that left most people no choice but to ride or walk in the dirt if they wished to avoid being shoulder to shoulder with the traffic.

The new shoulder is considerably wider in many sections, up to 1.5 metres where possible. It’s a noticeable difference to many making the commute.

Aaron Hans was pushing his young grandson Xaiver last week during some sunshine. He said it’s great to have more room, especially when you have young kids to take care of.

There are hopes to expand the project into more areas of the Valley, as thoughts are it will increase local activity and add to tourism opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

B.C. Green Party pushes for wild salmon commissioner

The role would serve as a unifying force in the provincial government

BC Ferries confirms Northern Sea Wolf will not sail until mid-July

BC Ferries had hoped to get the vessel in September of last year, but it didn’t arrive until December

UPDATED: Horgan says B.C. defending its interests in Trans Mountain pipeline

Canadian finance minister’s update comes the same day Kinder Morgan shareholders plan to meet

5 things to know about B.C. Floods 2018

Snowpacks continue to melt causing thousands to be displaced, dozens of local states of emergency

Police release video on how to ‘run, hide, fight’ if there’s an active shooter

Vancouver police offer video with input from E-Comm, BC EHS, Vancouver Fire and Rescue

Horgan defends fight to both retain and restrict Alberta oil imports

Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day

RCMP caution boaters after two kids pass out from carbon monoxide poisoning

Both children were given oxygen and taken to hospital

Barkerville opens for the season

Highlights of Barkerville’s upcoming season include 150th Dominion Day and pack train re-creation

B.C. invests $115M to create 200 new nurse practitioner jobs

Health Minister says 780,000 B.C. residents don’t have a family doctor

Supreme Court rules social housing residents in B.C. deserve rights too

Tenants trying to stabilize their living situations should not face less legal rights than those paying market rates: Judge

Union calls on prime minister to step into ‘stalled’ Phoenix compensation talks

For more than two years, thousands of federal workers have been affected by Phoenix system

Judge: President Trump can’t block critics on Twitter

The judge had suggested that Trump mute rather than block some of his critics

NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by owners

Most Read