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Five B.C. highway projects floated by SHIP

VICTORIA, B.C. -- The province of B.C. is cashing in on the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) with a...

VICTORIA, B.C. — The province of B.C. is cashing in on the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) with a total of $75.4 million in funding being directed towards five highway projects.

One of the projects receiving funding is the Yoho Bridge reconstruction, which will come in at about $46 million. The 45-year old structure spanning the Kicking Horse Canyon will be replaced and a three-km stretch of the Trans-Canada Hwy. (TCH) will be upgraded as part of the project.

Hwy. 97 is also going to receive attention, with the shoulders being widened between the towns of Taylor and Dawson Creek. Construction crews will also realign a curve and extend a climbing lane. Construction on this project is beginning this summer and slated to wrap up by fall.

Near Revelstoke, a two-km stretch of the TCH is going to be re-aligned thanks to SHIP funding. There will also be a new bridge built over the Eagle River and the Canadian Pacific Railway while an access road is constructed as well.

Other projects receiving joint funding from the feds and the province include the upgrading of Hwy. 3/95 in the Movie Bluffs area. Sections of the existing road will be straightened and widened and truck climbing lanes will be added. Meanwhile, near Vanderhook, a 1.45-km eastbound passing lane will be added to Hwy. 16 near Blackwater Road, and another passing lane will be added at Shanley Road.

“Upgrading these sections of B.C. highways will help the flow of goods and services through the province, and enhance road safety in B.C.,” says Transportation Minister Judith Reid. “These projects are an example of how the ongoing cooperation between federal and provincial governments can make much-needed projects a reality.”

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