Construction on Illecillewaet four-laning project to start in June

The project will provide local job and training opportunities, says Ministry of Transportation.

The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced it has awarded the contract for the Illecillewaet four-laning project to Anderson Construction Inc. Photo:

Work on the Illecillewaet four-laning project east of Revelstoke is expected to get underway next month.

In a statement released on Thursday, May 16 the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced Anderson Construction Inc. as the contractor who will oversee the $85.2 million project. The project is intended to improve safety, efficiency and capacity by four-laning this section of the Trans-Canada Highway, located 42 kilometres east of Revelstoke.

In the statement, the ministry said work to be completed includes two kilometres of highway widening, expanding the existing brake-check area to accommodate up to 15 trucks and adding acceleration and deceleration lanes for commercial vehicles entering or leaving the brake check.

This is the first project on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and Alberta to be built using the Community Benefits Agreement. Community benefits will include job and training opportunities for people in the local area and will increase the participation of apprentices and workers traditionally under-represented in the construction trades, such as Indigenous peoples, women and people with disabilities.

The $85.2-million project is cost shared with the federal government contributing up to $15.5 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund and the province is providing the remaining $69.7 million. The project budget has increased by $22.3 million due to escalating costs of materials, labour and the complexity of the work required, said the Ministry of Transportation.

The project is set for completion in spring 2022.