DECATUR/FRANKLIN/RIPLEY COUNTY, IN— A traffic pattern change is coming today to the ongoing I-74 construction zone between New Point and S.R. 101 in Decatur, Franklin and Ripley Counties.Milestone Contractors will shift westbound traffic back to the newly-constructed right westbound lane by end of the day today, weather permitting. The traffic pattern will remain one lane in each direction as the left lane of both I-74 eastbound and westbound will stay closed.Crews are nearing completion of the $61 million reconstruction project that began in August of 2017. Work remaining in the area includes removal of the temporary barrier wall, placement of pavement markings, rumble strips and work in the median.The project is expected to be substantially complete by early November. Minor work in the area is possible until June 2020.
With plans calling for two or three plants in the Kitimat-Prince Rupert region, it follows that B.C.’S gas production will have to double or triple, to meet the demand. Noting current gas drilling operations now largely rely on electricity from diesel-fuelled generators, ATCO says it’s looking ahead to less expensive longer-term solutions. The newspaper cites a B.C. Energy Ministry email as saying the province is not aware of ATCO’S proposal, and will explore the capability of existing electric power transmission, before considering any new transmission lines. It also quotes Paul Kariya, of the Clean Energy Association of B.C., as claiming it has raised the issue with B.C. Hydro and the provincial government, but to date has been unsuccessful in changing government policy.- Advertisement -However, he says there is private sector interest in addressing the challenges presented by the lack of electricity, which he claims goes to a need right across northern B.C., and not just the Northeast Region.To read the full Vancouver Sun article, click here.Advertisement