One of the most treacherous stretches of the Trans-Canada Highway is finally getting some much needed upgrades, no doubt a sigh of relief for drivers who brave the road between Revelstoke and Golden on a regular basis.
The BC Ministry of Transportation announced yesterday, Wednesday, April 25, that construction has begun on a project to improve safety and increase capacity by expanding the Trans-Canada Highway to four lanes, between Donald and Forde Station Road, near Golden. The Donald to Forde Station Road project is located approximately 20 kilometers west of Golden.
In a media statement, Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities said widening this stretch of highway will increase driver safety and help ensure residents in the region enjoy a high quality of life.
The Trans-Canada Highway provides a vital link for BC residents. B.C. Minister of Transporation Claire Trevena said the Donald and Forde Station Road project is the first of many four-laning projects planned between Kamloops and the Alberta border in the next three years.
“Widening the highway to four lanes, right through to the Golden weigh scale, will make the corridor safer for people and support our trade network,” she said.
Work on the Donald to Forde Station Road project includes widening 2.5 kilometers of highway to four lanes, and improving access to the commercial vehicle safety inspection station.
Barrie Mackay Contracting Ltd. of Cranbrook was awarded the $10.3-million contract on Dec. 20, 2017, for the four-laning portion of this project, which will include work opportunities for the Shuswap Indian Band.
The total estimated project of $19.4 million is cost shared, with the Government of Canada contributing up to $7.27 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund, and the Province providing the remaining $12.13 million.
Accelerating Highway 1 upgrades between Kamloops and the Alberta border is a specific priority in the mandate letter for the provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. The Province has committed $464 million to this program over the next three years under Budget 2018.
During construction, drivers can expect some delays, and are reminded to obey construction speed zones and follow traffic control at all times.