New rest stop for South Taylor Hill

Construction on a new, $974,000 rest stop and washroom facility has begun on the South Taylor Hill, the province has announced.

The facilities are being built at a new pullout and truck chain-off area at the top of the hill, which the province says will include a fully operational washroom as well as picnic tables. There will also be an information kiosk for travellers. 

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"Having a safe, clean place to stop and rest is very important for truck drivers and the general public who are on the road for long hours," Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said in a statement.

"This is particularly true for the commercial drivers who travel this very challenging part of Highway 97 regularly, so the new South Taylor Hill rest area will be very welcome news."

The construction contract has been awarded to IDL Projects of Prince George, the province says. Work began earlier this month and is expected to be complete by spring.

The new pullout was built as part of a major upgrade and four-laning of the Alaska Highway leading into the District of Taylor.

"Northern British Columbia covers a vast area, and travel times can be high," said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. 

"This geographic reality makes convenient rest areas all the more important for motorists' safety and comfort."

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