TCH near Chilliwack garners attention

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CHILLIWACK, B.C. — A 3.4 kilometre stretch of the Trans-Canada Hwy. near Chilliwack will be re-aligned, thanks to a new deal inked under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP).

The federal government and the Province of B.C. will cost-share the $7 million safety-oriented upgrade.

"I am pleased that federal funds from the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program are being used to upgrade the Trans Canada Highway," says federal Transport Minister, David Collenette. "These improvements to the National Highway System are vital to the economy and enhance not only safety but the capacity to move goods quickly and efficiently."

The re-alignment will take place between Annis Road and the Hwy. 9 interchange. Sharp curves will be flattened, the median distance will be increased and shoulder width widened. The improvements will allow for a 100 km-h. speed limit and are intended to lower the accident rate on the notorious stretch of highway to the provincial average.

"Investments in transportation are an integral part of the government’s strategy to revitalize the B.C. economy and open up new opportunities in our communities," says B.C.’s Solicitor General, Rich Coleman. "Partnering with the federal government to share the cost of transportation improvements allows us to proceed with priority projects like this one sooner, improving safety and supporting growth in the Chilliwack area."

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