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Contract awarded for upgrades to Highway 1 in British Columbia

August 4, 2023  By Rock to Road Staff

(Photo credit: jenslphotography, Adobe Stock)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Construction is set to begin on a $243 million upgrade to Highway 1 in British Columbia’s Shuswap Valley region, with a contract awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Inc.

Work is expected to begin this fall and is estimated to take three construction seasons to complete, concluding by 2026.

Upgrades the project looks to bring to the roadway include widening the highway from two to four lanes, the construction of frontage roads, and the replacement of the Tappen overpass.

Wider shoulders and the frontage road system aims to safely support cyclists, pedestrians and people using other active modes of transportation, while a new eastbound commercial carrier pullout will be built to support commercial drivers travelling the route.


The initial funding for the project was announced in July 2021, with the B.C. government providing $161 million and the Government of Canada contributing approximately $82 million. The tendering process was announced this May.

The goal of the project is to enhance connections within the Little Shuswap Lake community and improve safety access on and off the Trans-Canada Highway, specifically around a stretch of highway running through Skwlāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw, formerly Little Shuswap Lake Band Indian Reserve #5.

The project is part of a series of improvements planned for the stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway connecting Kamloops and the Alberta border. B.C. has committed $728 million to updating Highway 1 across this stretch over the next three years.

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