NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. — If a recent study by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation is any indication, there are going to be some major changes coming along the province’s Sea to Sky corridor.
The Multi-Modal Corridor Transportation Study, produced for the ministry by Reid Crowther and Partners, indicates that a number of improvements are necessary on the route from Horseshoe Bay to Cache Creek.
Some of the recommendations include upgrading the well-travelled Hwy. 99 between Horseshoe Bay and Whistler to four lanes, with six lanes running through Squamish.
The study says that the corridor has some of the most difficult road building terrain in Canada, which will prove to be a challenge when it comes time to expand. Other problems in the area are heavy congestion, poor average travel speeds and a high rate of accidents on Hwy. 99 where it curves along Howe Sound.
The improvements to the corridor could also better prepare Vancouver for their 2010 Wintery Olympic bid.