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Trans-Canada Highway improvements completed at Hoffman's Bluff

Transportation Minister Todd Stone
December 16, 2016 - 12:32 PM

KAMLOOPS - Construction is now finished on three more kilometres of upgrades that will improve safety and reliability on the Trans-Canada Highway, announced the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and B.C.'s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.

The second phase of the Pritchard to Hoffman's Bluff project has been completed. Work involved straightening and four-laning the highway, improving accesses, and adding median barriers, wider paved shoulders and rumble strips. An adjoining 2.8 kilometres were upgraded under the first phase of the Pritchard to Hoffman's Bluff project that opened to traffic in July 2015. This section of Highway 1 is located approximately 40 kilometres east of Kamloops and, in the past, has had a higher than average collision rate.

Throughout the design and construction of both phases of the project, the Province worked closely with the Secwepemc Nation, addressing any environmental concerns and collaborating together to minimize the impacts of construction and preserve culturally significant sites along the corridor. A construction agreement was also required before work took place through the Neskonlith Indian Band's reserve near Hoffman's Bluff.

Since 2001, the provincial and federal governments have invested or committed more than $980 million on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border to improve reliability and to upgrade the highway to a modern, 100 kilometres/h, four-lane standard. Completed improvements have added over 60 kilometres of four lanes to the Trans-Canada Highway, increasing four-laning along the corridor by close to 20%.

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