2007-11-22

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND PROVINCE OF B.C. SUPPORT HIGHWAY UPGRADING

The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia will contribute to the upgrading of 4.2 km of highway to four lanes at the Wright Station Curves, between 100 Mile House and Williams Lake on Highway 97, the major north/south artery in B.C. This project is consistent with British Columbia's long-term vision of the four-lane Cariboo Connector between Cache Creek and Prince George. The Cariboo Connector supports growth in truck traffic related to the harvesting of wood affected by the pine beetle, and the development of the Port of Prince Rupert.

The Government of Canada will contribute up to $4.2 million for the project. The funding is part of the estimated total project cost of $11.2 million and comes from a $44–million federal commitment to fund transportation infrastructure projects through the Mountain Pine Beetle Program under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.