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Vancouver Olympic bid could benefit roads

WHISTLER, B.C. -- If Vancouver wins the 2010 Winter Olympic bid, then the region's trucking companies may be the bi...

WHISTLER, B.C. — If Vancouver wins the 2010 Winter Olympic bid, then the region’s trucking companies may be the big winners.

MLA Ted Nebbeling says that a draft will be tabled by May regarding plans to upgrade the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Ideas being tossed around include new bridges, tunnels and three-lane sections.

Nebbeling says the road will receive attention regardless of the success of the Olympic bid. However, it is possible a successful bid will result in more money being invested in the project.

A Ministry of Highways study released in July said that upgrading the highway involves “some of the highest costs for highway construction in Canada.”

But there is no arguing that the route needs attention, and those in charge of Vancouver’s Olympic bid have called the highway the “Achilles heel” of their bid.

The worst stretch of the highway is a two-lane, six-kilometre stretch that has no shoulders and is very windy.

“For the last 10 years, the provincial government has included that stretch as a high priority and for the last 10 years they postponed it,” says Nebbeling. “That’s clearly one of the stretches that has to be dealt with sooner or later.”

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