Four-lane widening from Surrey, British Columbia, to U.S. border to provide better links between two countries



    SURREY, BC, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Russ Hiebert, MP for
South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced
that work is underway to widen the Highway 15 corridor between Surrey and the
United States border.
    "By investing in projects like these, Canada's New Government is helping
to support the economy by reducing bottlenecks. We are also facilitating the
flow of goods across our borders and making the crossings safer than ever,"
said Mr. Hiebert. "Better links with Canada's main trading partner will also
contribute to the economic well-being of the Lower Mainland and Canada."
    This project will see the widening of Highway 15 in Surrey from 32nd
Avenue to the Roger Pierlet Overhead, and from 68A Avenue to 92nd Avenue. Work
includes grade construction, soil preparation, asphalt removal, paving and
electrical installations.
    "Improvements like these are important to all Canadians," said Minister
Cannon. "Not only do they allow for the easier flow of traffic to and from the
United States, they encourage strong economic ties between our countries."
    The Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia are
cost-sharing this latest project, with most of the work being funded through
the Border Infrastructure Fund. Supplemental funding is provided through the
federal-provincial Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program border crossing
component.
    Federal Budget 2007 makes an historic investment of more than $16 billion
over seven years in infrastructure-bringing federal support under a new
long-term Infrastructure Plan to a total of $33 billion, including the funding
provided in Budget 2006. The Government of Canada will also make investments
in national, growth-oriented projects like the Asia-Pacific Gateway and
Corridor Initiative, to which we are now committing $1 billion in federal
funding.

    For more information, visit Transport Canada's website at www.tc.gc.ca.




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