STIKINE, B.C.—B.C. plans to pour $11 million into northern transportation infrastructure.
The funding will go towards more than 30 projects ranging from active transportation improvements and transportation upgrades in rural and remote communities, to climate adaptation projects that have been completed.
“Investment in our transportation infrastructure has never been more important as we focus on recovery from the pandemic,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a statement. “These infrastructure recovery projects are important for communities as they improve access to crucial services and provide good jobs that lay the foundation for strong economic growth.”
One of the projects that will benefit is the District of Bulkley Nechako’s Cycle 16 Trail project. This three-phase project will build a paved path that connects Smithers and Telkwa with rural areas for runners, cyclists and others using alternative transportation. Funding supported detailed design, signage, clearing, grubbing and drainage work, a cattle underpass extension, safety barriers and the production of materials in preparation for future delivery.
“Safe and reliable transportation is critical for all British Columbians – especially for those of us living in the North,” said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “That’s why our government has made so many significant investments in our region. Being active on trails, accessible public transit and good roads are what’s essential and necessary for our communities. We’ll continue to fight for more spending and projects to keep us moving.”