GOLDEN, B.C. – Crews have wrapped up work expanding The Trans-Canada Highway between the Golden Weigh Scale and Forde Station Road to four lanes, improving safety.
“I am thrilled to see the completion of these crucial improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia,” said François-Philippe Champagne, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This work will reduce the risk of collisions and ensure residents, tourists and businesses can travel safely and efficiently through the region for years to come.”
Donald to Forde Station Road project, located approximately 20 kilometres west of Golden, included widening 2.5 kilometres of highway to four lanes, creating better access to the commercial vehicle safety enforcement inspection station and building retaining walls to avoid impacts on the rail corridor.
“This is just one of many four-laning projects between Kamloops and the Alberta border in the next three years,” said Claire Trevena, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Widening the highway to four lanes east of the Golden weigh scale has made the corridor safer for people and also supports our trade network.”
The project, which cost around $19.4 million, was funded jointly by Ottawa and the province. Ottawa paid $7.27 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund and the province provided the remaining $12.13 million.
Officials noted that Highway 1 upgrades between Kamloops and the Alberta border are a specific priority in the mandate letter for the provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The Illecillewaet project east of Revelstoke is ongoing and several Highway 1 four-laning projects are currently in various stages of design, consultation and procurement.