What’s new in B.C. transportation news? Quite a bit, actually! Even though it’s still winter across most of the province, we are busy getting ready for spring: consulting, planning and working on some pretty exciting new projects. We are moving ahead with plans to widen the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border. We also announced resurfacing projects on Highway 97A, 97B, 6 and 1. That means that chances are something exciting could be happening on a highway near you very soon.
BC Highway 1 Improvements on the Roster
The Trans-Canada Highway is the primary east-west route through British Columbia, linking the province to the rest of Canada. We are committed to improving safety and reliability of this main artery as it’s a key player in the movement of people and goods, supporting trade and tourism throughout B.C. We are hoping you can help us shape the future of this important route and encourage you to connect with us on it.
There are a number of ways for the public and stakeholders to be involved in the process, including online engagement, stakeholder meetings and six public information sessions. Communities visited will include: Kamloops, Chase, Sicamous, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and Golden. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will consider all input gathered as it finalizes these projects for tender and as it develops future projects.
Project, Projects and more Projects
A number of improvements were announced in the Sicamous and Vernon areas this week as well. Look for resurfacing work this year on Highway 1 starts just east of Canoe Beach Drive East, Highway 6 between Hamilton Flats and the top of Mine Hill, Highway 97A north of the Shuswap River Bridge in Grindrod as well as portions of Enderby-Mabel Lake Road. In Spallumcheen, the Highway 97A/Eagle Rock Road intersection will get safety improvements. Protected left turn bays and a southbound deceleration lane will be added to improve safety for highway travellers and those accessing Eagle Rock Road.
Port Metro Vancouver on the up and up
Business at the Port of Metro Vancouver is on the up and up a recent release shows. The port (the busiest in Canada), made records in the container and bulk sectors in 2012, handling more than 124 million tonnes of cargo, an increase of one percent from 2011. Port Metro Vancouver plays a large part in Canada’s Pacific Gateway, acting as a preferred gateway for Asian trade to North America and the world. Learn more about our Pacific Gateway strategy here: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/PacificGateway/
TranBC Trivia: Did you know that the Port Metro Vancouver trades $75 billion in goods with more than 160 trading economies annually?