The province says cellular coverage along that section of Highway 3 is intermittent, with coverage gaps between Hope and Manning Park and between Princeton and Keremeos presenting the greatest challenge.
The new towers should mean improved and consistent cellular coverage along the route, said the ministry, while also improving motorists’ safety.
“We are working hard to expand connectivity where it’s most needed in the province,” Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services, said in a press release.
“Cellular coverage along key transport routes like Highway 3 is important for both commercial and recreational travellers, as it will enable people to stay connected and to access road safety updates and important emergency services while on the road.”
The province says the project will cost $9.7 million, with B.C. providing $3.1 million and Rogers Communications Canada providing the remainder.
The project is expected to be finished by the fall of 2024.
“Improved connectivity along essential transport routes like Highway 3 will help keep people and businesses safe when they travel,” said Roly Russell, the NDP MLA for Boundary-Similkameen.
“Emergencies like the recent flooding and landslides have highlighted the importance of access to reliable cellular coverage for the safety of people travelling our province.”