Highway 16 Upgrades and Improvements

Transportation and Communication


Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership | Referred back to NCLGA by the UBCM Membership


WHEREAS the Trans Canada Highway 16 is the only east-west highway connecting communities in Northern BC and is a critical link for the economic development of the region and province, especially providing access to the Asia-Pacific;

AND WHEREAS there is a need to facilitate the safe and efficient traffic flow on the highway through areas that are in dire need of improvements, such as Car Wash Rock, reducing “bottle-necks”, more “three laning”, and safer level rail crossings, etc:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM call upon the Federal and Provincial Governments to allocate the necessary funds and implement a comprehensive program to make improvements on the Trans Canada Hwy 16 within BC.


UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership considered but did not endorse resolution 2011-B162, which called on the provincial and federal governments to “three-lane” Highway 16 within BC. Similarly, members considered but did not endorse resolution 2011-B161, which requested that the provincial government “four-lane” Highway 97 North.

However, the UBCM membership has consistently endorsed more general resolutions in support of highway upgrades and improved highway safety throughout BC (2009-B16, 2008-B110, 2007-B168, 2006-B139, 2004-B54, 2003-B11, 2001-B20, 2000-B63, 1999-B46, 1999-B47, 1998-A1, 1998-B54, 1997-B8, 1996-B89, 1996-B93, 1993-B45, 1992-B107).

UBCM would suggest that as written, the resolution focuses on a specific area of the province, and it would therefore be more appropriate for NCLGA, rather than UBCM, to undertake advocacy regarding this issue.

Background Information

An article published in the Prince Rupert Northern View newspaper on January 30, 2013 headline reads: “Prince Rupert’s Hearing Clinic Recalled to Terrace” with a subheading of “Connect Hearing cites highway safety for technician’s absence”.

Prince Rupert seniors are fighting to have services restored for their hearing aid maintenance.
Last winter Connect Hearing Clinics decided its regular visits to Prince Rupert from Terrace would be terminated in the interest of their technician’s safety. A letter sent out to customers put the blame on “treacherous” winter driving conditions between the two cities.

*The remainder of the article is posted on the NCLGA website: