Archaeological work required to advance the Highway 1 improvement project between Monte Creek and Pritchard is proceeding under the stewardship of Sexqéltkemc Te Secwepemc (Lakes Division), in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The ministry has been working closely with the Sexqéltkemc Te Secwepemc and engaging the local community to ensure the cultural and historical significance of the area is respected as highway improvements proceed. The improvements are critical to increasing safety and mobility along the Trans-Canada corridor.
This Trans-Canada Highway improvement project will be delivered in two phases. Phase 1 between Monte Creek interchange and east of Bostock Road will be tendered this week, while archaeological work continues on the site of Phase 2.
The Highway 1 Monte Creek to Pritchard project will expand Highway 1 from two lanes to four lanes between the Monte Creek Interchange and just east of Pritchard. It will enhance highway safety and capacity, and improve travel times for residents, tourists and commercial vehicles along this vital corridor.
The $42.8-million project is being jointly funded by British Columbia and Canada under the Building Canada Fund. The federal government is contributing up to $16.7M,with the province providing the remainder of the funding.
- A cultural heritage study has just been completed for the corridor and archaeological work will begin in July 2011.
- Sexqéltkemc Environmental Services Inc. will be undertaking archaeological work necessary to advance Phase 2.
- The Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) will be four lanes from Monte Creek interchange to just east of Pritchard, a distance of 10.52 km.
- Phase 1 of the project will widen Highway 1 to four lanes from Monte Creek interchange to east of Bostock Rd. (3.16 km)
- Road construction work on Phase 1 is expected to begin in the fall 2011 and will be completed over two years.
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Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Chief Judy Wilson
Sexqéltkemc Lakes Division