The Government of Canada will invest over $3.5 million in Prince George, B.C. transportation infrastructure



    PRINCE GEORGE, B.C., Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government, under
the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, will invest a total of
$3.5 million in two road projects in Prince George. This represents a joint
investment in excess of $7 million with the City of Prince George. Richard
Harris, MP for Cariboo-Prince George, made the announcement today on behalf of
the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities and the Honourable James Moore, Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific
Gateway) (2010 Olympics) (Official Languages).
    "Connecting North America and the Asia-Pacific more efficiently and
reliably benefits local communities, the Canadian economy as well as Canada's
trading partners," said Mr. Harris. "These projects will help relieve road
congestion and make roads in our community safer."
    "The Government of Canada is committed to concrete measures that
contribute to a more productive and competitive economy. The Asia-Pacific
Gateway and Corridor Initiative is an important example," said the Honourable
James Moore. "These projects will enhance transportation infrastructure safety
and efficiency related to the movement of international trade through Canada's
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor."
    Improvements to two concurrent sections of River Road were selected for
funding, following a call for proposals. The projects involve:

    
    - upgrading of 1.9 km between Cameron Street Bridge and Foley Crescent;
      and
    - widening of 1.7km between Foley Crescent and the CN Fraser River Bridge
      and installing left turn lanes to access the CN facility.
    

    River Road is the primary road access to CN's Intermodal facility in
Prince George and improving traffic flow along this corridor is essential to
the community and the businesses that use this route.
    "The Government of Canada has made the economic growth and
competitiveness of northern British Columbia with Asia top priorities," said
Minister Cannon. "The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative reflects
the importance this government places in an integrated, safe, secure, and
sustainable transportation system."
    On October 11, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI), with an initial
investment of $591 million. A further commitment of $410 million was made in
Budget 2007, bringing total federal funding for the APGCI to more than $1
billion. In two years, the Government of Canada has partnered with British
Columbia and other western provinces, municipalities and the private sector,
to announce strategic infrastructure projects worth more than $2.4 billion,
including federal contributions of almost $900 million.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada plan, the
Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to
help meet infrastructure needs across Canada.
    Federal funding for these projects is conditional upon the negotiation of
contribution agreements, approval by the federal Treasury Board and completion
of any applicable federal environmental assessments required under the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.




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For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
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(613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
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