SALMON ARM, B.C. — Springline Construction Services Ltd. of Delta has won a $29.7-million contract to enhance Highway 1 through Salmon Arm, B.C.
Crews will begin work this fall to expand the route from two to four lanes and build a new Salmon River Bridge.
The province noted that because the project is being built under its Community Benefits Agreement policy, hiring local workers and under-represented groups will be made a priority. The province added the policy also provides opportunities for Red Seal apprentices to get experience on the site.
“This major work to add lanes, a multi-use pathway, a bridge and a new interchange to Highway 1 through Salmon Arm will make the route safer and easier to navigate for local residents,” said Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, in a statement. “It will also improve traffic flow along one of British Columbia’s key trade and commuter corridors.”
Along with widening 2.2 kilometres of Highway 1 to four lanes with a concrete median barrier, work on this segment of the Salmon Arm West project will include:
- adding an interchange with frontage and side-road connections;
- constructing frontage roads to consolidate access to the highway; and
- adding a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Providing good-paying construction jobs to local workers will help us build out of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide a boost to the regional economy,” said Claire Trevena, B.C.’s minister of transportation and infrastructure. “Large-scale infrastructure projects like this one are more important than ever, as the financial benefits are felt not just in the construction sector but the supporting sectors as well.”