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Fraser Hwy. gets shuffled to back burner

SURREY, B.C. -- A bid for funding to widen the heavily travelled Fraser Highway has been rejected by senior governm...


SURREY, B.C. — A bid for funding to widen the heavily travelled Fraser Highway has been rejected by senior governments, forcing a delay in the project.

TransLink shares responsibility for the highway with the City of Surrey, and Surrey Mayor and TransLink chairman, Doug McCallum says he was “insulted” by the rejection.

The feds and the province rejected the pitch, because the project would cost more than $2 million. Due to a rash of recent requests, the decision-makers are refusing to fund anything over that mark through the Canada-B.C. Infrastructure Program.

TransLink says it may reapply for $2 million or put together a different proposal under a different area of the infrastructure program.

“Doing it on a piecemeal basis with the funding we have is better than not doing it at all,” says TransLink spokeswoman, Sheri Plewes.


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