MLA for Kootenay East Bill Bennett was in the riding last week to announce the completion of a crucial asphalt resurfacing project on the Cranbrook/Fort Steele overhead.
Highway 3/95 leading out of Cranbrook towards Fort Steele had six kilometres resurfaced this fall between the Cranbrook overhead and the Fort Steele overhead.
While drivers will enjoy a smoother ride, behind the scenes work was done to improve the road bed and strengthen the road base.
The project cost $1.5 million and was completed by Okanagan Aggregates of Armstrong B.C.
Also completed was 16 kilometres of resurfacing on Highway 43 in the Elk Valley near Line Creek Road for a total cost of $4.5 million in road improvement in the East Kootenay.
“Both of these highways were starting to show the signs of the wear and tear our heavy traffic volume causes,” Bennett said. “The resurfacing work, although it cost $4.5 million, is well worth it because now these much-used roads are safer for all of us.”