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POWELL RIVER, B.C. — The highways situation on the Sunshine coast will be a little brighter this spring, thanks to $6 million invested by the B.C. Transportation Finance Authority.

“The focus of this year’s highway investments is a continued commitment to a strong rehabilitation program and a greater emphasis on smaller projects,” says Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Gordon Wilson.

A 35-kilometre section of highway from upper Gibsons to Sechelt will be resurfaced by hot-in-place recycling – an environmentally friendly process in which the old surface is removed, mixed with a small amount of new material and reapplied, all in one pass.

Highway expansion from Wharf Road to the conveyor belt will result in a safer and less congested gateway to Sechelt by the end of May, and the road will have wider shoulders and provide a straighter, smoother ride between Middlepoint and Madeira Park, and along Madeira Park Road. Safety guardrails will also be installed just south of Earls Cove.

Later this year, 19 kilometres of road on Texada Island will be repaved.

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