Transportation minister announces $700,000 for Revelstoke roundabout and highway intersection upgrades

The B.C. government has announced $700,000 in funding for the ongoing renovations to the Victoria Road/Mutas Road intersection.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone (left) joins Revelstoke mayor Mark McKee in front of city hall for a funding announcement on Mar. 30. Photo: Todd Stone Twitter account image

B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone was in Revelstoke Thursday where he announced $700,000 in funding for the ongoing intersection improvement project at the intersection of Victoria Road and Mutas Road.

“Congestion at Victoria and Mutas intersections was causing traffic to back up on the Trans-Canada Highway — especially during the busy summer months,” said Stone. “The construction of a roundabout and associated improvements will prevent collisions at the Highway 1 and Victoria Road intersection by reducing the likelihood of queues extending through the highway intersection.”

A B.C. government media release sent out at the time of the announcement said the total estimated cost of the project is $2.1 million, of which the province with provide $700,000 through the Community Safety Enhancement Program.

“The City of Revelstoke is grateful to the Government of B.C. for providing up to $700,000 towards the Roundabout Project,” said Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee. “The money for this project will help the city ensure the continued safety of the residents and visitors to our community, now and well into the future.”

The project includes the roundabout on Victoria Road. The second and final phase of the project is underway in the area between Tim Hortons and Starbucks and is slated for completion this spring.

Queen Victoria Hospital Helipad gets lift

While in Revelstoke, Stone also announced a $50,000 contribution to the Revelstoke & District Health Foundation for their Queen Victoria Helipad project. The group is working to build a helipad adjacent to that hospital’s emergency room.