New safety measures are being implemented to Highway 5 at Mine Creek Curves, about 50 kilometres south of Merritt.

Four kilometres of centre median barriers are being installed at the location, which is well known for vehicle accidents. The shoulder of the highway is also being widened.

A $2.2-million contract was recently awarded to Jake’s Construction Ltd. for the project.

“Crews will install four kilometres of centre median barrier, which will improve highway safety for people who live and work in this region by reducing the potential for some accidents,” reads a Government of BC press release.

“These safety enhancements will make this section of the Coquihalla safer and more reliable for everyone who travels the highway, including commercial truck drivers carrying goods.”

Work is expected to begin later this month on the project, and should conclude sometime in the fall. During construction, drivers can expect some minor delays in traffic.

To stay up to date on any highway disruptions, check www.drivebc.ca.