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Chase 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.

The Highway 1 four-laning project will improve safety and reliability people travelling along this corridor.

  • The total budget for the Chase four-laning project is $260.3 million. This includes up to $12.1 million from the Government of Canada under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund.
  • This is a higher volume section of Highway 1. It carries between 9,000 and 12,000 vehicles per day, with peak daily volumes exceeding 20,000.
  • Approximately 20% of the average daily traffic is heavy trucks and commercial carriers moving between communities, the Lower Mainland and other provinces.

Below is an update on the two segments included in the Chase project:

Chase Creek Road to Chase West

  • 3.3 kilometres of highway widening, upgrades to highway intersections and frontage roads, and construction of a cattle underpass and multi-use pathway.
  • Construction will begin in late summer 2020.
  • Six bids were received on this tender, reflecting industry’s interest in this project. With the winning bid priced competitively, the ministry plans to reinvest the savings into further expansion of the Trans-Canada Highway.
  • BC Infrastructure Benefits will provide employment and training opportunities for this project. It anticipates approximately 30 to 50 worksite employees to be hired, and estimated apprenticeship and training targets to be between 8% and 18%.

Chase West to Chase Creek Bridge

  • 1.6 kilometres of highway widening, grade-separated interchange at Brooke Drive and extended improvements on Brooke Drive to Shuswap Avenue.
  • Detailed design work and consultation are ongoing. Work is expected to get underway in 2021.