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Construction on health care centre helipad underway

Work will continue into November

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Construction is underway on the area around the Whistler Health Care Centre Heliport at Blackcomb Way and Lorimer Road.

The work being done includes alterations to sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals and roadways, and will continue into November. There will also be some tree removal and landscaping done in the area.

Pedestrians and drivers are advised to use caution and follow signage.

During construction there will be parking changes in day lots four and five, as well as changes to pedestrian flow meant to prevent people from entering the helicopter danger zones during takeoffs and landings.

The project is being managed and funded by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional Hospital District.

"The Resort Municipality of Whistler is happy to have come to a workable solution that will enable our community to keep the heliport open," said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden in a press release.

"As a resort town that is approximately two hours away from the nearest major hospital, it is crucial to the safety of our residents and visitors to have access to the heliport."

Further updates to helipad construction will be shared on the VCH website at www.vch.ca and the RMOW website at www.whistler.ca.

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