October 21, 2004


Road upgrades to improve traffic flow in Surrey, B.C.

Surrey, B.C. – Two significant transportation infrastructure projects have been
started in Surrey, B.C., just east of Vancouver. Commencement of the work to widen
Highways 10 and 15 was announced on Wednesday by Transport Minister Jean-C.
Lapierre, along with Minister of State (Infrastructure and Communities) John Godfrey
and B.C. Minister of Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon.

During the initial phase, a pre-load granular material will be applied to the area
to solidify the soil. This will allow for the eventual widening of Highway 10 from
two to four lanes between 122nd Street and 172nd Street and the widening of Highway
15 from two to four lanes between 32nd Avenue and 88th Avenue. A $10.7 million
contract has been awarded to JJM Construction Ltd., of Delta, British Columbia, to
carry out the pre-load construction.

These two projects on Highway 10 and 15 will cost $143.7 million, with approximately
$61 million being contributed by the federal government.

Other border infrastructure projects in the province include upgrades to Highway
91-91A in Surrey and New Westminster, as well as Highway 11 in Abbotsford.

There will be some brief off-peak traffic delays during the pre-load phase, which is
expected to last 12 months.

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