Work is picking up again on proposed highway and bridge upgrades at the west end of Salmon Arm.
Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper said the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is planning to begin preloading in the fall, preparing land for the four-laning of the Trans-Canada Highway, a project that includes the construction of a replacement to the Salmon River Bridge.
In addition, the province is purchasing a 647-square metre piece of frontage road from the city for $74,700 in order to improve traffic flow and safety at the TCH/30th Street SW intersection.
The road currently loops behind Woodsman Equipment.
A City of Salmon Arm staff memo states the ministry plans to close the purchased portion in order to construct a new frontage road access further south along 30th.
The province already owns property to the south of the current road, while Woodsman (Wall Industries) owns the parcel to the north.
“The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is currently in negotiations with Wall Industries Inc. for additional improvements along the perimeter of its property and, as part of the negotiations, the ministry is proposing to return the closed road to the Woodsman Equipment property,” states the memo.