LANGFORD, BC, Aug. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - Safe and efficient highways and roads help Canadians access community services, participate in local activities and gain access to better job opportunities. The governments of Canada and British Columbia are making investments that will help create well-paying jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.
Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and His Worship Stewart Young, Mayor of Langford, were in Langford to visit the West Shore Parkway project site and see construction progress.
The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2017, and will extend the West Shore Parkway 3.5 kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway to Highway 14 (Sooke Road). The Parkway will include new bike lanes, sidewalks in residential areas, additional streetlights, transit stops, boulevard medians, and upgraded sewer infrastructure.
When fully complete, the project will provide a more direct connection between two major commuting arteries, as well as enhanced safety and efficiency whether walking, cycling or driving.
"The Government of Canada is making smart, strategic investments to help build the communities that middle class Canadians want and deserve. Modern, efficient and safe roads and highways are important for helping them access good jobs, connect with their communities, and for area businesses to access additional economic development opportunities. By investing in the extension of the West Shore Parkway, we are contributing to more efficient transportation routes and to safer streets for residents and drivers alike."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"This project will benefit all travellers and, in particular, those who live or work in Sooke and the West Shore by increasing capacity and providing another connection between communities. Projects like these are made possible by collaboration with partners and I look forward to seeing progress continue on the West Shore Parkway as it moves to completion."
The Honourable Claire Trevena, British Columbia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
"The City of Langford is very excited about the completion of this significant infrastructure project. With the assistance of the Federal and Provincial governments, the West Shore Parkway extension will improve traffic in Langford's downtown core and the West Shore, will promote further residential development and the creation of a variety of housing options, and will provide existing and new residents with a number of alternative transportation choices via the new bike lanes, sidewalks, and transit stops."
His Worship Stewart Young, Mayor of Langford
- 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.
- The estimated total eligible cost of the complete West Shore Parkway extension project is $22,352,570.
- The Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia are each contributing up to $7,450,856 to the project through the Small Communities Fund. The City of Langford is responsible for any remaining costs.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/bc-eng.html
Small Communities Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html
Follow the work of the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at: http://tranbc.ca/.
For details about the West Shore Parkway Extension project, visit http://www.cityoflangford.ca/EN/meta/departments/engineering/west-shore-parkway-road-completion-project.html.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, Brook.Simpson@canada.ca; Media Relations, Government Communications and Public Engagement, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, 250 356-8241; City of Langford, Mayor's Office, 250-478-7882; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: email@example.com