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KINCOLITH, B.C. — The B.C. Transportation Financing Authority has inked a contractor to build a two-lane, 50-km/h highway connecting the Nisga’a villages of Greenville, B.C. and Kincolith.

The cost of the $34-million project will be shared between the province, the Nisga’a Lisims government and the feds.

“A letter of intent has been signed between the Ministry of Transportation and Highways and the contractor chosen for the project, Brentwood Enterprises of Kamloops,” says Helmut Giesbrecht, the province’s transport minister. “Brentwood and the ministry are negotiating details of a construction agreement aimed at enhancing economic opportunities for the people of the Nass and sharing the risks of this technically challenging project.”

The work will include two single-lane bridges that will cross environmentally sensitive watercourses. The route is expected to be completed by December of 2002.

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