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A long line of rock scalers works on Highway 1 four-laning project at Chase

Chase East Trans-Canada Highway project expected to be complete in fall 2023
Eleven rock scalers were seen working on the Highway 1 four-laning project by Chase resident and photographer Ann Steenhuysen through her kitchen window on April 27, 2023. Construction of the Chase East section is predicted to be complete by fall 2023. (Ann Steenhuysen photo)

Like a drive-in movie of sorts, Chase resident Ann Steenhuysen gets a great view of work on the Highway 1 four-laning projects near her home.

Back on April 27, she noticed a crew of 11 rock scalers doing mountain slope stabilization, so she took a photo of them, all suspended in a row, hard at work. They were above and about 200 yards from the highway, she estimated.

She said a machine was doing the work for a while, but the human rock scalers returned.

On May 10, she noticed three on the job.

An April 2023 update from the Ministry of Transportation on the Chase Four Laning Project states the Chase East section, closest to Chase, is expected to be complete by fall 2023.

Rehabilitation of the Chase Creek Bridge deck was expected to start in April and continue through to early June.

The Chase West part, stretching towards Kamloops, was described as having only minor construction activity, with completion expected in spring 2023.

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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