Telus is upgrading wireless service along Highway 16.

Telus is upgrading wireless service along Highway 16.

TELUS upgrades cell service along Highway 16.

Telus is constructing several towers to upgrade wireless service near Barrett Lake, Six Mile Hill and near Terrace.

Telus is constructing several towers to upgrade wireless service along Highway 16.

A $650,000 tower is anticipated to go live near Barrett Lake in the next month, said Liz Suavé, Telus Communications.

The tower is approximately four kilometres north of Barrett Lake and will affect services along Highway 16.

The actual distance that will have improved cell service is unknown until after the tower is up and testing is done, Suavé said.

She says another site they are working on is near Six Mile Hill, between Topley and Burns Lake, and a third site will be near Terrace.

“Typically the area around Highway 16, is very geographically challenging to work with and to construct these towers,” Suavé said.

The improvements are all part of the Connecting BC Agreement that Telus made with the Province.

The goal is to improve highway coverage and access to 9-1-1, thus enhancing the safety of travel across BC, Suavé said.