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Spring highway construction means more closures

Bridges, new sections highlight summer's work

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With the winter fading and highway traffic set to subside, organizers with the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project have announced an increase in road closures between Whistler and Squamish.

“Closures in this segment have been minimal since construction began,” reads a traffic bulletin issued late in March. “To date crews (have) been able to complete blasting and other construction work using only traffic delays. This year a greater number of closures allowed within the Spring Traffic Schedule will need to be utilized in order to complete that work.”

The spring schedule runs from April 21 to June 15. Motorists are encouraged to check closure and delay schedules every Friday at www.seatoskyimprovement.ca. At the same time, project planners released a schedule of the maximum anticipated closures for the season.

Monday through Thursday:

Midnight-2 a.m.

3 a.m.-5 a.m.

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

10 p.m.-11:59 p.m.

Friday:

Midnight-2 a.m.

3 a.m.-5 a.m.

So far, the project has seen the completion of 15 new bridges; 17.6 km of new passing lanes; a 5 kilometre, three-lane section from Cheakamus Canyon to Rubble Creek; and the start of bridge construction at Cheakamus and Brandywine Rivers, as well as Daisy Lake and Callaghan Creek.

Work on the highway between Whistler and Squamish this year will see highly reflective pavement markings installed from Rubble Creek to Squamish; completion of the Cheakamus Creek Bridge and the section of highway from Rubble Creek to the Cheakamus Bridge; the start of construction on the Pinecrest/Black Tusk bypass; pile driving for the railway overpasses at Brandywine Falls and Function Junction and construction of the overpass abutments; completion of blasting, excavation and rock cuts between Brew Creek and the Callaghan.

Because of this work, as well as the relocation of utility poles, there will be an increase in the number of closures between Whistler and Squamish.

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