Northern Lights Drive made official

The name change for the East Bypass is now official: the stretch of road is now Northern Lights Drive.

The change took effect June 26, and earlier this month Mayor Lori Ackerman presented Northern Lights College board chair Tyler Holte the first sign to mark the road change.

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"The City of Fort St. John has been experiencing steady residential growth and development close to the road currently known as the East Bypass Road," the city said in a statement.

"Because of this, it no longer functions as a bypass road to re-direct traffic around the City and away from urban development."

The change affects just over 60 properties, and owners have been notified by registered mail. The city will compensate owners who will bear costs to update their address signage and business and mailing documents.

The city budgeted $35,000 for the name change this year, after the idea was first considered by council in 2016.

About 75% of the road is now within city limits. The speed limit has already been dropped from 80 km/hour to 50 km/hour over the last few years.

Changing the name of the road is the "first step" to exploring a new east bypass route, the city said.

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