Vernon, British Columbia Highway To Receive New Funding From Building Canada



    ARMSTRONG, BC, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The governments of Canada and
British Columbia are pleased to announce $33.7 million in funding for a
highway project in Vernon, British Columbia under the Building Canada
infrastructure plan.
    "The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the Province of
British Columbia and invest in these highway upgrades under Building Canada,"
said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety on behalf of the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities. "This project reflects the federal government's commitment to
developing world-class infrastructure for Canadians, increasing transportation
safety, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and fostering a
stronger national economy."
    This project involves widening from 2 to 4 lanes, the section of Highway
97A north of Vernon, between Larkin Road and Crozier Road, construction of an
interchange with roundabout at the ramp terminals, and the addition of a local
road to connect to the existing highway and the new interchange.
    The total cost of this project is $33.7 million; up to approximately
$12.13 million is being provided from Building Canada, and approximately
$21.57 million is being provided from the Province of British Columbia. The
project is expected to be completed by Fall 2010.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to improving transportation
safety. Highway 97 has long been identified as a priority for upgrades, and
this investment, along with others we are making along Highway 97 in the
Okanagan Valley, will significantly improve the safety of this important
transportation route," said Colin Mayes, MP for Okanagan-Shuswap. "As part of
Building Canada, we are investing in infrastructure priorities to increase
community safety, help grow our economy, and protect our environment."
    "This priority project reflects our government's commitment to
infrastructure investments made in partnership with British Columbia," said
the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities. "This investment positions the government as a leader in
expanding existing infrastructure capacity, reducing congestion, cutting
commute times, enhancing the safety of Canada's transportation system and
improving the flow of people and goods across the country."
    "The addition of two new lanes to this section of Highway 97A will reduce
delays and improve travel time through this busy area," said Shuswap MLA and
Minister of Health Services George Abbott. "Having new roundabouts will
eliminate direct access off the highway, improving the safety of drivers
travelling along this route. It is through collaborative infrastructure
projects like these that we can continue to meet the needs of both residents
and travellers through the area."
    Federal funding for this project comes from the Building Canada Fund
under the $33-billion Building Canada plan. Through this unprecedented plan,
the federal government will provide long-term, stable and predictable funding
to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will support
a stronger, safer and better country. On November 6, 2007, the Government of
Canada and the Province of British Columbia signed an Infrastructure Framework
Agreement under Building Canada worth over $2.7 billion for infrastructure
projects from 2007 to 2014.
    Federal financial support for this project is conditional on the
initiative meeting all applicable federal eligibility requirements, including
the completion of a full federal due diligence review of the project, and
signature of necessary contribution agreements for the project.
    For more information on the Building Canada plan, please visit
www.buildingcanada.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Jean-Maurice Duplessis, Press Secretary,Office
of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700; Dave Crebo, Communications Director, Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure, (250) 387-7787; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa,
(613) 993-0055; Office of Colin Mayes, MP, Okanagan-Shuswap, (250) 260-5020;
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