VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia has announced a tender has been issued to improve safety and capacity on a two-kilometre section of Highway 1 approximately 42 kilometres east of Revelstoke, B.C.
The Illecillewaet four-laning project will also expand the brake check area from a five-truck to 15-truck capacity, with acceleration and deceleration lanes added to improve safety for trucks entering and leaving the brake check area.
The total estimated value of the project is $62.9 million, which will be cost shared between the Government of Canada, which will contribute $15.5 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund, and the Province of B.C., which will provide the remaining $47.4 million.
The project is the first of several on the Trans-Canada Highway that will use a Community Benefits Agreement, a policy that has both supporters and detractors in the B.C. construction industry.
The contract for the Illecillewaet project will be awarded through an open bidding process in March and construction is estimated to begin in the spring.