April 28, 2003

Governments contribute $7 million to improve dangerous section of Trans Canada highway

Chilliwack, B.C. – The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia will contribute joint funding of close to $7 million for a highway improvement project in British Columbia. The project involves realigning a 3.4 km section of the Trans-Canada Highway near Chilliwack, about 100 km from Vancouver.

The realignment of the Trans-Canada Highway between Annis Road and Highway 9 interchange will improve safety by flattening sharp curves and increasing median distance and shoulder width. The province’s goal is to lower the accident rate on this stretch of road to the provincial average and to allow a standard 100 km/hour speed limit.

“Local councils in Harrison Hot Springs and the District of Kent have worked with me to get approval for this important project,” said Barry Penner, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “Straightening some of the curves on this stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway has been talked about for years by local residents, and I’m pleased our government is making this project a reality”.

The announcement was made by Natural Resources Minister and MP (Vancouver South-Burnaby) Herb Dhaliwal, on behalf of Transport Minister David Collenette, together with Solicitor General Rich Coleman on behalf of British Columbia Transportation Minister Judith Reid, and Barry Penner, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. The funding falls under the Canada/B.C. Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP)

Under the SHIP agreement, the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are providing joint funding of $122.4 million until March 2006 for highway improvement projects in the province. The Canada/B.C SHIP agreement, signed March 5, 2002, is part of the national $600 million SHIP program announced by Mr. Collenette in April, 2001.

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