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BCTA commends province’s $200 million investment for highway projects

LANGLEY, B.C. -- The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has commended the province for its $200 million investment in Phase 2 of the Cariboo Connector. Plans for Phase 2 include nine new four-lane expansion projects over the next five years for...


LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has commended the province for its $200 million investment in Phase 2 of the Cariboo Connector. Plans for Phase 2 include nine new four-lane expansion projects over the next five years for Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George.

“Highway 97 is a busy route for carriers moving all types of goods through Northern B.C. and the Interior. Four-laning of strategic sections reduces congestion, increasing efficiency for motor carriers and improving safety for all road users,” says Louise Yako, BCTA’s president and CEO. “Increased capacity is welcome, especially as the industry looks at ways to meet the challenges of B.C.’s growing trade with Asia.”

The $200 million is part of a total $700 million investment by the province, which will increase capacity on key highways and railways in B.C.

According to Yako, “On their own, these four-laning projects add up to 30 km, but they are part of a broader plan to prepare B.C. for the exciting opportunities that increased trade will bring.”

The BCTA honcho said that four-laning will also help reduce conflicts that can occur between commercial and passenger vehicles on two-lane highways, especially during winter. “Safety is a top priority for BCTA,” added Yako. “We look forward to the improvements that will result from ongoing strategic investment in B.C.’s highway infrastructure.”


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