Regulatory speed signs have been replaced to reflect the new maximum speed. (Photo Gerry Leibel)

Leave early, drive slowly!

Construction activities will slow traffic along Haisla Blvd.

Motorists travelling along Haisla Boulevard from the Service Centre through to Rio Tinto BC Works can expect slight disruptions as construction work ramps up.

From January on additional truck traffic can be expected along Haisla Blvd. between Eurocan Way and Ocelot Road – trucks will be hauling aggregate from the Sandhill to the LNG Canada project site.

This route will be utilized while upgrades are made to Frontage Rd, which runs parallel to Haisla Blvd and connects to Ocelot Rd.

Once complete, Frontage Rd will be used for inbound and outbound haul trucks, which will cross Haisla Blvd at the intersection of Haisla Blvd and Eurocan Way. This route is expected to be in use within a few weeks.

Hauling will occur Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 a.m. (day and night shifts). During peak traffic flows, priority will be given to general road users.

For the hauling, 15 trucks will be used and each will transport approximately 10 to 13 loads per shift.

A traffic management plan is in place and traffic control measures, including flaggers and signage, will be used.

The increased construction activity has also seen the speed limit of 80 km/h on Haisla Boulevard between 1st Street and the CN rail crossing at Rio Tinto reduced to 60 km/h until further notice.

District of Kitimat director of engineering services Alex Ramos-Espinoza said the reduced speed is being implemented to enhance public safety through the area due to the significant increase in expected truck traffic, crossings and construction for LNG Canada activities.

“In addition, temporary construction speed zones, lane closures and flagging may be experienced.

“Please use caution while driving through the area and abide by all speed limits and traffic control measures,” said Ramos-Espinoza.

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