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More median barriers coming for Hwy. 5N

September 22, 2016 8:58 A.M.
Aftermath of a fatal collision along Hwy. 5N, south of Mount Paul Way, last winter.

A stretch of highway through the city that has had too many serious, high-speed accidents is about to be divided.

Almost two kilometres of median barrier will be installed on the highway corridor in Kamloops, which will help prevent traffic crossing over the median and causing serious head-on collisions.

“Last year, the ministry installed median barriers along a stretch of Hwy. 5N from the Halston Connector to Chief Louis Way,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “This year, we’re continuing that work by installing median barriers from Chief Louis Way to East Shuswap Road to better protect drivers from cross-over collisions.”

Work is scheduled to take place in the evening, between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., to minimize traffic disruption. 

Median barriers will be placed between the existing traffic islands south of Chief Louis Way to the north end of the Mount Paul Way intersection, and from the south end of the Mount Paul Way intersection to the north end of the East Shuswap Road intersection.

“Median barriers increase road safety for drivers by preventing collisions with oncoming traffic, which will benefit Kamloops residents as well as the countless motorists who use Hwy. 5 North each year,” said Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. “I am glad to see our government expanding the stretch of highway that benefits from these barriers.”

A contract for the work has been awarded to Kemp Concrete Projects of Kamloops. The work is expected to cost $300,000.

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