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Trans-Canada Highway improvements slated to start this fall

Trans-Canada Highway improvements slated to start this fall

SALMON ARM, B.C. — The portion of the Trans-Canada Highway between Ford Road and Tappen Valley Road in Shuswap region will undergo improvements beginning this fall.

Emil Anderson Construction Inc. was awarded a $128-million contract for the project. Work will require three construction seasons and is expected to be complete in 2026.

Work will include widening the two-lane highway to four lanes and replacing the aging Tappen overpass as well as constructing frontage roads and a commercial and passenger vehicle pullout.

The portion of work includes a stretch of highway running through Skwlāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw, formerly Little Shuswap Lake Band Indian Reserve #5, which will enhance connections within the Skwlāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw community and improve safe access on and off the Trans-Canada Highway, states a release.

Funding for the $243-million project was announced in July 2021, with the provincial government providing $161 million and the Government of Canada contributing about $82 million.

The project is one of a series of planned improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border.

Efforts will be made to minimize traffic disruptions during construction.

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