Large amounts of earth are already being moved just west of Rose Lake so that the culvert which channels Tamen Creek underneath Hwy16 can be replaced a new one put in. (Houston Today photo)

Large amounts of earth are already being moved just west of Rose Lake so that the culvert which channels Tamen Creek underneath Hwy16 can be replaced a new one put in. (Houston Today photo)

Hwy16 culvert being replaced at Rose Lake west of Burns Lake

Detour, temporary bridge will be needed

A contractor has now started work on a $15.9 million project to replace an aging culvert running underneath Hwy16 700 metres west of Rose Lake.

The culvert permits Tamen Creek to run underneath the highway but a new one is needed to safeguard the integrity of the road surface and surrounding area by preventing potential washouts and torrents of debris during high water periods.

“Improving hydraulic flow through the culvert protects the upstream and downstream ends of the creek and surrounding environment from flooding and erosion,” indicates a statement from the provincial highways and infrastructure ministry.

“This will improve fish and amphibian habitat in the channel and fish passage through the culvert.”

Prince George-based Enviro-Ex Contracting Ltd. has the construction contract which is valued at $12.122 million of the total $15.9 million project cost. There were two qualifying bids for the project.

Project work includes building a 400-metre long, two-lane detour road right beside Hwy16. A temporary bridge crossing Tamen Creek will also be place.

Completion is expected sometime in the fall of 2023.

This is the second major project along Hwy16 between Burns Lake and Houston in less than two years.

Just this spring work completed at Six Mile Summit between the two communities, featuring a new two-kilometre westbound passing lane, an extension of the eastbound passing lane and upgrades to the entry and exit lanes to the brake check and chain off areas at the summit.

That project cost $15 million.