A tender has gone out to upgrade the next section of Highway 1, east of Revelstoke.
The Illecillewaet four-laning project will widen two kilometres of the highway, approximately 42 kilometres east of Revelstoke.
Work will include expanding the brake-check area to accommodate up to 15 trucks at once from the current five-truck capacity, and acceleration and deceleration lanes will be added to improve safety for trucks entering or leaving the brake check area.
The contract for the project will be awarded through an open bidding process in March, with the start of construction expected in the spring.
The $62.9 million cost of the project is being cost-shared, with the federal government contributing up to $15.5 million through the provincial-territorial infrastructure component of its New Building Canada Fund, and the province providing the remaining $47.4 million.
This is the first of several upgrade projects on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and Alberta to be built using a Community Benefits Agreement.
Community benefits will include job and training opportunities for people in the local area and will increase the participation of apprentices and workers traditionally under-represented in the construction trades, such as Indigenous peoples, women and people with disabilities.