Groundwork for the first phase of the Salmon Arm West project is expected to get underway early next year.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure reports Jakes Construction Ltd. of Chilliwack has been awarded a $9.9 million contract for preload grading from 1st Avenue SW to 30th Street SW (the intersection adjacent to SmartCentres).
“This initial work… will involve supplying, hauling and placing preload materials, as well as relocating a water main and constructing drainage works,” the ministry explained in an email. “These activities are in preparation for the construction of a four-lane highway and structures that will follow after satisfactory ground settlement has been reached. The work under this contract is expected to be completed by November 2019.”
The preloading is part of phase 1 of the project which involves the four-laning of 2.2 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway between 1st and 30th and replacing the Salmon River Bridge. The ministry says the project is in the design stage with ongoing consultation with local indigenous groups. The ministry expects to tender a works contract for this phase in 2019.
A B.C. government sign posted along the phase 1 section of the highway states the four-laning is expected to be completed by fall of 2022.