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SALMON ARM, B.C. -- Upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway between Sorrento and Salmon Arm are now complete, providin...

SALMON ARM, B.C. — Upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway between Sorrento and Salmon Arm are now complete, providing drivers with a safer stretch of road to travel on.

The total project was valued at $15.06 million. Transport Canada funded $5.32 million, or 50 per cent of the eligible costs. The primary construction contract was valued at $7.69 million and was completed by Emil Anderson Construction Limited.

“The project ensures that drivers that use this section of the Trans-Canada Highway have a safer road to drive on,” said Shuswap MLA George Abbott. “From Broderick Creek to Ford Road, the upgrade to a four-lane, 100 km/h series highway will improve conditions for motorists and allow for an increase in traffic capacity.”

The project includes:
 upgrading 4.2 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway to 100 km/h speed limit standards, increasing it to four lanes and adding a paved median;
 reconstructing the White Lake Road intersection to include grade separation and a right in/right out intersection;
 constructing 3.2 kilometres of new frontage roads for slow-moving farm vehicles and local traffic;
 reconfigurating the intersection and turn lane at Ford Road;
 relocating Carlin Hall to a new site next to Carlin Elementary School;
 extending Ford Road to intersect with Kirkpatrick Road;
 constructing frontage roads east and west of the Trans-Canada Highway; and
 closing and making cul-de-sacs of Kirkpatrick Road at the Trans-Canada Highway.

“Moving farm vehicles onto the frontage roads, providing passing opportunities and removing seven direct access routes off the highway, should help reduce the accident rate in the area,” said Abbott.

Under the British Columbia Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) agreement, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia are providing joint funding of $122.4 million until March 2006 for highway improvement projects in the province.

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