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New Alaska Highway rest stops planned at Sikanni, Steamboat

Cell service and more is coming to two rest-stops along the Alaska Highway.

The Peace River Regional District is continuing its ‘Gotta Go’ initiative to build new, modern service rest-stops along the Alaska Highway after gaining elector consent on July 30. 

Two pullouts planned at the Sikanni Brake Check at km 250 and Steamboat at km 536 will include wheelchair-accessible washrooms, picnic benches, tourist info kiosks, cell phone service, and safety and emergency management signs.

In a release, Electoral Director Karen Goodings (Area B) said the rest stops will make the highway safer and more enjoyable for travelers.

“Gotta Go is an important part of developing our transportation and tourism infrastructure. We all need safe and healthy washroom facilities, travelers need to be able to check their phones or call for help during emergencies, and truckers need a place to stop if they have houred out,” said Goodings.

“Those of us who live and travel in our region and on this remote stretch of the Alaska Highway know how vital the addition of these new rest areas will be and we appreciate the cooperation of all involved to make it happen.”

The new service allows the PRRD to partner with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, the Ministry of Transportation, Public Services and Procurement Canada, and the Northern BC Tourism Association to build the rest stops, according to the release.

The new service comes after a successful pilot site at Trutch in 2018.

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