Two B.C. projects receive SHIP funding

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QUESNEL, B.C. — Hwy. 97 near Quesnel and the Trans-Canada Highway/Vedder Road interchange in Chilliwack will be the latest to benefit from Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) funding.

Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, Herb Dhaliwal recently met with B.C. Transport Minister, Judith Reid, to make the announcement. Under the SHIP program, the province will split the cost of the improvements with the federal government.

In this case, it’s a joint-funding agreement to the tune of $17-million.

“These two projects will improve public safety and support the flow of goods and services that are fundamental to the economic growth of Chilliwack and Quesnel,” says Reid. “Our government is working in partnership with other levels of government to deliver much-needed transportation improvements throughout the province.”

The Hwy. 97 part of the project involves re-aligning and replacing the Cottonwood River Bridge and upgrading a 1.4-km stretch that will serve the replacement bridge.

Meanwhile, the other project involves reconstructing the ramps and intersections that serve the interchange in Chilliwack while lengthening the acceleration and deceleration lanes.

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