SICAMOUS, BC, Nov. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to connecting communities and boosting trade and tourism to create good jobs and build a strong economy and middle class.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Claire Trevena, Minister of BC Transportation and Infrastructure, announced $224.5 million in joint funding for the replacement of the R. W. Bruhn Bridge along Highway 1 in Sicamous.
This project involves replacing the R. W. Bruhn Bridge, which has surpassed its useful life, with a new structure. Before the end of the year, one of two bridge options will be chosen for construction: a five-lane bridge replacement or a four-lane bridge replacement with a new Main Street bridge, both including improvements to the approach to the bridge.
Once complete, the new R.W. Bruhn Bridge will significantly improve traffic flow and driver safety, providing a reliable efficient crossing along this vital transportation route for residents, visitors and businesses for another 75 years.
"The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of maintaining safe, efficient and reliable road networks that facilitate the movement of people and goods, link communities and encourage tourism. This vital bridge replacement along Highway 1 in Sicamous will ensure residents, tourists and businesses can move safely through the region for years to come."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Replacing the Bruhn Bridge and widening the highway is important for safety and is integral to our government's commitment to four-laning the Trans-Canada Highway. We also want to ensure local communities benefit from public infrastructure spending so our Trans Canada upgrades will bring job and training opportunities to people in the region."
The Honourable Claire Trevena, Minister of BC Transportation and Infrastructure
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- The Government of Canada is contributing up to $91,082,772 to this project through the New Building Canada Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects. The Province of British Columbia is providing $133,417,228.
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map:
Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/bc-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-697-3778, [email protected]; Danielle Pope, Media Relations, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, 250-356-8241, [email protected]; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]