Mayor Luke Strimbold.

Province commits $3 million to improve safety on Hwy. 16

Mayor Luke Strimbold appointed to transportation advisory group.

The B.C. government has unveiled a new $3-million plan to enhance transportation safety along the Hwy. 16 corridor from Prince Rupert to Prince George.

The plan consists of five actions the government will take to improve access to transportation services along the Hwy. 16 corridor and enable residents of First Nations communities and municipalities to travel safely to and from rural towns and villages along the corridor. The five point action plan consists of:

$1.6 million over two years for transit expansion: These new funds will be available on a cost-shared basis with local communities to extend or enhance B.C. transit services to better connect communities.

• $750,000 over three years for a community transportation grant program to purchase and operate vehicles: These new funds will be available on a cost-shared basis with local communities to support community-based transportation programs operated by First Nations, local governments or non-profit organizations.

• $150,000 over three years for a First Nations driver education program: These new funds will build upon the current driver training/education program to increase the number of class four and class five drivers in First Nations communities along the Hwy. 16 corridor.

• $500,000 over two years for highway infrastructure safety improvements including webcams and transit shelters: These new funds will enable the ministry to increase the number of webcams on the highway and the frequency of photographs taken at these spots. New transit shelters will be built in communities that will be receiving new or expanded transit service.

• Collaboration to increase interconnectivity of services: The ministry will work to increase coordination of existing transportation services through B.C. Transit, Northern Health, not for profit organizations and private service providers including efforts to better synchronize schedules and expand user eligibility criteria.

The ministry has appointed a new nine-person Hwy. 16 transportation advisory group – including Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold and the director of the Highway of Tears initiative Mary Teegee – to oversee implementation of the action plan. The advisory group will report to the minister of transportation and infrastructure and will be meeting over the months of January and February 2016 to review the specifics of the action plan and ensure it is implemented consistent with the input the ministry received at a recent transportation symposium held in Smithers.

Mayor Strimbold said this announcement marked a historic progress for communities in Northern B.C.

“I am honoured to be a part of the nine person advisory group, and I will be happy to work on this council to ensure that the transportation services reflect what was recommended at the recent transportation symposium in Smithers,” he said. “I believe that the five transportation actions outlined today will help to create safer connections for people living in rural communities along the corridor, connecting them to their families, friends, and local services.”


Just Posted

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Burns Lake

Conditions are favourable for strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain

Aboriginal program coming to CNC here

A rejuvenated aboriginal studies program is coming to the College of New… Continue reading

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

First Nation pipeline protesters erect ‘tiny homes’ in B.C. Park

Kanahus Manuel and Tiny House Warriors say more homes being constructed in park

Burns Lake celebrates

Despite the cooler weather the Canada Day celebration was a success. The… Continue reading

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Wildfires erupt in B.C. Okanagan forcing evacuation orders and a highway closure

Check out a list of up-to-date information on blazes happening within the Kamloops Wildfire Centre.

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Evacuation alert issued due to Dog Creek Trail Wildfire

An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako… Continue reading

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

Most Read