Paving a smoother ride

Motorists using two well-travelled sections of road east of Chase can expect a smoother ride.

  • Jul. 7, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Motorists using two well-travelled sections of road east of Chase can expect a smoother ride.

A 14-kilometre section of the Trans-Canada Highway was resurfaced from the Chase Creek Bridge east to Cruikshank Point.

Eighteen kilometres of Squilax-Anglemont Road stretching from the north end of Squilax Bridge to Scotch Creek Provincial Park was also recently re-paved.

“This resurfacing project east of Chase is now complete just in time for the busy summer travel season,” said Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo. “These improvements will bring a smoother ride for residents and tourists accessing Scotch Creek Park.”

A technique called hot-in-place recycling was used for the paving project.

Hot-in-place recycling fixes damaged asphalt by softening the existing surface with heat, using a machine that removes the pavement, then mixing it with fresh asphalt and replacing it on the road.

According to a government press release, by utilizing existing pavement material, hot-in-place recycling produces 50 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

“Relying more on this environmentally friendly technology to resurface our roads is a major commitment in B.C. on the Move,” said Minister of  Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

 

“We’re committed to resurfacing 1,000 kilometres of provincial highway every year, and hot-in-place recycle paving is a big part of this commitment.”