It seems that design of Monte Creek to Pritchard Phase 2 has changed somewhat, as seen in the new maps posted in the "Open House Presentation" section of the webpage. (http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/highwayproje...reek/index.htm
Sheet 2 of 3 shows that the alignment is no longer split grade west of Pritchard, and now has a paved centre median like the rest of the alignment. Sheet 3 shows that the planned interchange is now part of the design. I guess that concerns expressed from locals were heard, and reducing the needed ROW will help control the increased costs of providing the interchange earlier.
I don't have a problem with the paved median, but it's rediculous that a median barrier is not being put in place right away. Increased capacity can't be the only priority of the ministry. Complete controlled access is not necessary along this segment, but dividing the highway to reduce the risk of head on collisions is a no brainer imo.