The next Highway 1 upgrade project is up for tender. (File photo)

$63 million Highway 1 upgrade project up for tender

Ministry to four-lane a small section of Highway 1, 42 kilometres east of Revelstoke

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.

RELATED: Construction starts on Hwy. 1 upgrades near Golden

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.


 

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