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TCH project awarded to CIF Construction


May 28, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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Courtesy of Andrew Snook/Rock to Road.

Locals and visitors of the Village of Chase, British Columbia (B.C.) and the surrounding region, can look forward to a safer, and more reliable and efficient Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) as construction to expand Highway 1 from two to four lanes, begins this July.

The $32-million contract for the Chase West to Chase Creek Bridge project was awarded to CIF Construction Ltd. of Prince George, and is expected to be complete in fall 2023.

Improvements to come

To implement the additional two lanes, construction crews will expand 1.6 kilometers of the highway and build a concrete median barrier, which will be added protection for travellers along this specific segment.

The project also includes the addition of a grade-separated interchange at Brooke Drive, and will extend improvements on Brooke Drive to Shuswap Avenue.

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Keeping the safety of non-drivers in mind, a new sidewalk along Brooke Drive and a new separated pathway on Chase Creek Bridge will be constructed to support active transportation for cyclists and pedestrians. With these new additions in place, access to Chase will be safer for all road users.

“I’m happy to see this project is one step closer to building a safer, more efficient highway through the Village of Chase,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, federal minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities.

“Construction of this new section of the four-lane highway will bring more employment to the area, support trade, and boost the economy. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds stronger communities.”

The total budget for the Chase four-laning project is $220 million, including up to $12.1 million from the Government of Canada under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. Supported by B.C. Budget 2021, $837 million is being invested in the Trans-Canada Highway four-laning program, over the next three years.

Keeping the crew safe

Provincial construction sites have protocols and policies in place following the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include physical distancing and other protocols to ensure worker and public safety.

To see real-time traffic updates and plan your route ahead of time, please visit www.DriveBC.ca.

For more information on the traffic impacts as a result of the project’s construction, please visit TCH’s four-laning program travel advisories website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation-projects/highway1-kamloops-alberta/highway1-kamloops-alberta-travel-advisories.