The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is working to accelerate Trans-Canada Highway 1 upgrades from Kamloops to the Alberta border.
Upgrading the highway to a modern, 100-kilometre per hour, four-lane standard will allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently.
This is supported by Budget 2018, with $464 million committed to this project over the next three years.
Most four-laning projects are cost-shared with the federal government, through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects fund.
One new project is underway, and another will be completed this fall:
- Donald to Forde Station Road – 20 kilometres west of Golden: 2.5 kilometres of four-laning and improved access to the Golden weigh scale. Work has begun, and the project includes work opportunities for the Shuswap Indian Band.
- North Fork – 28 kilometres east of Sicamous: Replacement of the existing two-lane North Fork Bridge with a new four-lane structure, and 3.5 kilometres of four-laning. This project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2018.
Several four-laning projects are in various stages of design and consultation. Highway improvements between Kamloops and Alberta are expensive, due to the challenging terrain in most of the corridor. The ministry has prioritized projects to improve sections that have higher-than-average crash histories, high-traffic volumes and bridges that need replacing.