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Path cleared for new Westside underpass

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A gas pipeline alongside Highway 97 just up bridge hill on the Westside is being modified as part of site work related to construction of a new traffic tunnel under the highway.
Advance work on a new Highway 97 underpass on the Westside, announced in mid-December by the provincial government, has already begun.
FortisBC crews are modifying an existing underground gas pipeline on the north side of the highway on bridge hill.
The pipeline will be reburied at a deeper level to accommodate the underpass, Mike Allison of FortisBC said Thursday. The pipeline work should be completed by the end of January, he said.
The provincial government is paying for a $9.3-million tunnel to be dug under the highway to accommodate an extension of Sneena Road, which runs through the Westbank First Nation.
The tunnel will provide another traffic link to a new shopping centre recently built on band land. It will also provide direct vehicle access to the site where the band plans to build a new for-profit medical centre.
Work on the tunnel is to start in the spring and be complete by the fall.

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