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$55.8-million allotted by feds for Port of Vancouver upgrades

JOC News Service
$55.8-million allotted by feds for Port of Vancouver upgrades

VANCOUVER — The Government of Canada has announced a $55.8-million investment for projects on the Port of Vancouver.

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the funds to support four infrastructure projects, led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which are expected to create 550 jobs during construction.

Garneau said, in a release, the projects will improve trade and transportation corridors and will help local business compete by moving local goods to market and people to their destinations.

Chris Atchison, president of the British Columbia Construction Association, said while it’s true well-planned and scheduled infrastructure spending could help with workforce management and ensure fair, open and transparent procurement practices, the impact of this investment from the federal government will still be a significant boon to the construction industry.

“Projects of any size need workers, which promotes job growth, so whether its federal, provincial, or private, construction projects all provide significant economic and community benefits,” Atchison said.

The four projects included in the funding announcement are as follows:

  • the addition of nearly five kilometres of track at the Canadian Pacific facility, which includes the reconstruction of Harris Road and a new two-lane overpass replacing Kennedy Road in Pitt Meadows;
  • upgrading the Westwood Street and Kingsway Avenue intersections at the rail corridor;
  • design work to raise Pitt River Road and Colony Farm Road to create overpasses of the existing rail corridor; and
  • improvements to the Canadian Pacific Railway overpass at Mountain Highway.

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