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The government of BC is moving ahead with plans to widen the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border

  • Feb. 12, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The government of British Columbia is moving ahead with plans to widen the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border, to improve safety and support the movement of goods, trade and tourism.

The government’s commitment to invest $650 million over 10 years into Highway 1 between Kamloops and the Alberta border was announced by Premier Christy Clark on Sept. 28, 2012 in an address to the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

A public engagement process will help shape the government’s $650-million investment over the next 10 years to improve the safety, reliability and mobility of the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border. This future work will build on the over $700-million invested in Highway 1 improvements since 2001.

There will be a variety of methods for the public and stakeholders to be involved, including online engagement, stakeholder meetings and six public information sessions. The communities visited will include Kamloops, Chase, Sicamous, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and Golden.

The public information session in Salmon Arm will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Comfort Inn and Suites located at 1090 22nd St. NE.

The Sicamous session will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the recreation centre located at 1121 Eagle Pass Way.

As part of the engagement process, the public will have the opportunity to learn more about projects currently under development. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will consider all input gathered as it finalizes these projects for tender and as it develops future projects.

“Widening the remainder of the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops to the Alberta border is critical for supporting goods movement, trade and tourism, and growing our economy. By engaging local communities and other stakeholders, we’ll be able to modify and improve the projects already under development and prioritize additional work going forward,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak.

There is a total of 440 kilometres of highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border, 339 kilometres of which are under provincial jurisdiction.