Early completion expected for Sea to Sky Highway
The finishing touches are being put on the Sea to Sky Highway.
The Horseshoe Bay-Pemberton section of Highway 99 is set to open ahead of schedule this fall, David Crebo of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure told ctvbc.ca Wednesday.
"Most of the work is done, for the most part now it's just finishing work," Crebo said.
The Ministry of Transportation says the new highway will be safer, faster and will provide 6000 new jobs for B.C. residents.
The new road is expected to see a 56 per cent increase in traffic between Squamish and Whistler by 2025, to be facilitated by 80 kilometres of new passing lanes.
The 600 million dollar upgrade began in 2003, and used more than 260,000 tonnes of asphalt and 47,000 cubic metres of concrete during its construction.
The highway has had a dangerous history. Much of it is built beside a steep cliff face and it is known for its tight windy turns.
Speeding cars, bad weather and poor visibility have lead to the demise of many motorists along the roadway which has held the nickname "The Killer Highway".
The upgrades to the highway were made to accommodate the greater traffic loads expected for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
No date has been set for the opening of the highway.