October 15, 2007
Twinning of Simon Fraser Bridge in Prince George, B.C. to alleviate traffic congestion
Prince George, British Columbia – The federal government and the province of B.C. have announced they will contribute to the twinning of the Simon Fraser Bridge in Prince George. The project will alleviate traffic congestion and enhance the efficient delivery of goods between the Port of Prince Rupert container facility, and the Prince George Inland Container Terminal, which will be built soon.
The transport of goods via the Highway 97 and 16 corridors will be the primary means of delivering forestry products destined for Asian markets to the Prince George terminal being built by the Canadian National Railway.
The federal government will contribute up to $18 million to the project, which is expected to have a total cost of $42 million.
The two governments also announced two other projects, including contributions of up to $1.05 million for highway improvements near Vanderhoof, including a 2-km auxiliary passing lane and intersection improvements on Highway 16, approximately 68 km east of Vanderhoof. Highway 16 is the only direct link of the National Highway System to the Asia-Pacific Region through the Port of Prince Rupert, and is also the primary east/west route through northern British Columbia.
The governments will also contribute up to $8 million for the upgrade of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) between the communities of Sorrento and Salmon Arm. The upgrade will improve the safety and reliability of a 4.3-km section of the TCH 1, from Hilltop Road to Balmoral Road, and will connect with the recently-upgraded section of the TCH between Balmoral Road and Ford Road.