$92.6M Trans-Canada Highway expansion near Chase, B.C.

Government of B.C.
April 03, 2017
By Government of B.C.
$92.6M Trans-Canada Highway expansion near Chase, B.C.
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April 3, 2017 - The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced a joint investment of over $92.6 million to expand and upgrade a major section of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Chase. Work will include expanding a 3.1-kilometre stretch of highway from two lanes to four between Chase West and Jade Mountain, upgrading the bridge at Chase Creek and constructing access improvements at Shuswap Avenue East, Mattey’s Road and Coburn Street.

“Expanding Highway 1 from Chase West to Jade Mountain will allow Canadians to spend less time on the road and more time with their families and make it easier for businesses to get their goods to markets,” said Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi. “The Government of Canada is pleased to contribute to this important project. Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure help address congestion and bottlenecks along vital rail and highway corridors, and around transportation hubs and ports.”

Design of the project is ongoing, while consultation with First Nations and engagement with community stakeholders continues. Construction is expected to start in 2019 and be finished by 2021. Once completed, this project will improve safety, access and traffic flow for local residents, tourists and commercial drivers.

This investment is expected to generate 270 direct jobs over the life of the project.

“This investment into improvements east of Chase will help ensure the Trans-Canada Highway is safer, less congested, and has more passing opportunities for all who travel it, including the First Nations communities, regional commuters, local residents, tourists and commercial drivers,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “The Chase West to Jade Mountain project is also another great example of how we are building a strong B.C. for the future and creating high-paying, family-supporting jobs.”

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