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Salmon Arm West project breakdown

The Province has committed $1.04 billion to upgrading Highway 1 between Kamloops and the Alberta border over the next three years under Budget 2020.

This Highway 1 four-laning project will improve safety and reliability in Salmon Arm for people travelling along this important corridor.

  • The total budget for the Salmon Arm West four-laning project is $184.7 million. This includes up to $31.4 million from the Government of Canada under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund.
  • Original estimates for the project were completed in 2016 with limited engagement and engineering, and reflect an early level of understanding about the project.
  • Since original estimates, significant consultation with the Pespesellkwe of the Secwepemc Nation and the City of Salmon Arm has been completed, along with detailed engineering investigations.
  • Due to these factors, along with increasing costs of labour and a competitive construction market, the budget for the Salmon Arm West four-laning project has been increased to $184.7 million.
  • This is a higher volume section of Highway 1. It carries approximately 15,500 vehicles per day on average, with peak daily volumes exceeding 21,000.
  • Approximately 11% of the average daily traffic are heavy trucks and commercial carriers moving between communities, the Lower Mainland and other provinces.
  • The Salmon River Bridge and existing intersection locations are problematic for safety. Between 2009 and 2018, there were 87 collisions including one fatality, 56 injuries and 49 incidents with property damage only.
  • BC Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB) will provide the skilled trades workforce for projects under the Highway 1 four-laning program, which uses the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA).
  • BCIB is the provincial Crown corporation established in 2018 to implement the CBA: https://www.bcib.ca/reporting-and-resources/
  • https://www.bcib.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Community-Benefits-Agreement.pdf
  • BCIB commits to partner in the successful delivery of projects to mobilize and grow a safe, diverse and skilled workforce, and to honour community strength by building on local assets, knowledge and potential across a network of select public infrastructure projects.
  • BCIB implements priority hiring, which provides opportunities for locals, Indigenous peoples, women and other under-represented groups who want to build their career in the skilled trades with more training and employment opportunities. There will also be support for apprentices so they can complete their certification.
  • It is anticipated that approximately 45 worksite employees will be hired for each of the three construction seasons. BCIB has estimated apprenticeship and training targets for this project to be between 8% and 18%.
  • BCIB enables a safe, respectful workplace through the Respectful Worksite Initiative to all employees on CBA sites, which includes Indigenous Cultural Competency training and Be More than A Bystander training focusing on ending discriminatory, gender-based behaviour on worksites.

Below is an update on the three segments originally included in this project:

IR#3 to 1st Avenue SW

  • This segment is complex and runs through one of the Neskonlith Indian Band’s reserves.
  • Government is continuing the process of developing a detailed design and determining the property required, while addressing any concerns and impacts as a result of that design with the Neskonlith Indian Band.
  • This segment remains a priority, but is not currently included in the construction schedule while work is ongoing.

1st Avenue SW to 10th Avenue SW

  • 2.2 kilometres of highway widening, replacement of Salmon River Bridge, construction of an interchange, frontage roads and a multi-use pathway.
  • The tender for this segment is now live on BCBid.
  • Following an open bidding process, construction will begin in fall 2020.

10th Avenue SW to 10th Street SW

  • This segment runs through the Adams Lake Indian Band’s reserve.
  • Government has been working collaboratively with Adams Lake Indian Band on the reserve land acquisition.
  • This segment is a priority and work is expected to get underway in 2023.
  • This section includes 1.1 kilometres of highway widening and intersection and frontage road upgrades.