CALGARY, Alta. — Alberta and B.C. will each scrap an aging weigh station near the provincial boundary and will together build a new facility for use by both provinces.
The joint-use facility will be built on the provincial border in the Kicking Horse Pass and will be cost-shared by the two provinces. They’re also hoping to receive some federal funding.
“We’re looking at a situation now where we both have inspection stations very near the border that need significant upgrades,” Leanne Stangeland, spokeswoman for Alberta’s transportation department told local media. “Instead of each of our provinces upgrading them, we’re looking at replacing them with one at the border, where our inspection agents would work out of the same office.”
The stations to be replaced are on Hwy. 1. Alberta’s is 40 km west of Calgary and B.C.’s is in Golden.
“We’re looking at probable savings of $2 million in capital costs combined between the two provinces,” Stangeland added. There’s also an anticipated reduction of $150,000 in annual operating costs for each province. It’s expected the new facility will cost between $3 and $5 million to build.
The two provinces also announced they will share traffic and weather information on electronic messaging boards. The announcements were made following meetings between politicians in Alberta and B.C. The two provinces have announced they plan to work more closely together in a number of different areas.
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