The B.C. Ministry of Transportation says the ongoing consultation process for Trans-Canada Highway upgrades from Kamloops to the Alberta border will cost about $350,000.
In response to questions from the Times Review, a ministry spokesperson said the process included seven public meetings, meetings with many stakeholder groups, as well as new signs.
The sign budget is about $10,000 for 10 new signs. The Times Review asked if old signs announcing highway upgrades had been replaced with new signs before any actual work had been done.
The spokesperson said the ministry places their signs into two categories. “Project” signs announce an approved project, while “program” signs announce things such as a consultation process.
The spokesperson was adamant that no project signs had come and gone without construction – although construction has been greatly delayed in some instances.
The new program signs may replace older signs. These new program signs inform of the ongoing consultation process and do things like point towards a website, bchwy1.ca, where motorists can find more information.
In addition, the federal government chips in signs of their own for projects they help fund.
B.C. Transportation Minister Mary Polak announced the consultation process when she visited Revelstoke in early February.
An official Ministry of Transportation media release announcing the consultation process was sent out days later.