November 12, 2007

Federal and provincial governments to contribute to B.C. highway upgrading

Kamloops, British Columbia – The government of Canada and the province of British Columbia have announced they will contribute to the upgrading of 4.2 km of highway to four lanes at the Wright Station Curves, between 100 Mile House and Williams Lake on Highway 97, the major north/south artery in B.C. The project is consistent with B.C.’s long-term vision of the four-lane Cariboo Connector between Cache Creek and Prince George, which supports growth in truck traffic related to the harvesting of wood affected by the pine beetle, and the development of the Port of Prince Rupert.

The government of Canada will contribute up to $4.2 million for the project, which has an estimated total cost of $11.2 million.

“100 Mile House and Williams Lake are among several communities that have been affected by Mountain Pine Beetle infestation, which has caused economic and environmental consequences across the province,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “This project demonstrates that our government is providing support to affected communities by creating jobs and stimulating economic development.”

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