The Government of Canada and British Columbia announced $162.7 million in funding to improve the Trans-Canada Highway through Salmon Arm.
While residents knew previously about the project, the initial estimate was around $120 million.
An announcement was made in June 2015 regarding the Trans-Canada Highway Salmon Arm West project, which include three sections:
The first part includes the replacement of the Salmon River Bridge, addition of a frontage road to Salmon River Road via two roundabouts – one on either side of the highway – and frontage roads connecting Pedro’s and De Milles and running to 30th Avenue SW.
Down the road, the second part of the project will take place between 30th Street SW to 10th Street SW. It will involve realigning the 10th Avenue SW intersection – moving it east and creating a frontage road on the north side of highway connecting to 25th Street SW.
On the south side, a frontage road will connect to 30th Street SW, access will be improved to First Nations land on 15th Street SW and improvements will be made to the 10th Street intersection.
“It’s anticipated that this mid section (The Salmon River bridge section) will likely be the first phase of the project. We’re anticipating that some of the relocation of utilities and that further stubbing and prep work may start as early as this fall,” said Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo.
They expect to fully start the project in spring of 2017.
Todd Stone, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, said the goal is to complete the six-kilometre project within the next five to six years.
“That’s a pretty typical timeframe for a project of this magnitude,” he said.
MLA for the North Island and transport spokesperson Claire Trevena criticized the presentation Thursday, at the site of the former Salmon Arm Hotel & RV Park, saying it was nothing more than a public relations stunt.
“It’s the fact that we’ve had the announcement several times. They keep talking about all the work that’s going on around Salmon Arm, and then it just keeps on being talk. It would be great to see some action.”
“It’s astoundingly frustrating for the communities along the route, it’s astounding for anyone who really cares about B.C’s economy because this is the main artery in and out of the province. Let’s just get on with it.”
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $48.5 million to the Salmon Arm West project.
The Government of British Columbia is contributing the remaining $114.2 million for an estimated cost of $162.7 million.
The Salmon Arm West project is the eighth Highway 1 project, according to a government-issued press release, which also includes:
* Malahat Village Four Laning
* Admirals Road/McKenzie Avenue Interchange
* North Fork Bridge replacement and Four Laning east of Sicamous
* Hoffman’s Bluff to Chase Creek Four Laning
* Illecillewaet Four Laning east of Revelstoke
* Lower Lynn Corridor Improvements
* Highway 1 and 216 St Interchange
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-With files from Barb Brouwer