Highway 1 improvements now complete from Monte Creek to Pritchard

News Release

June 22, 2016 - Pritchard, British Columbia

A major project to improve safety on the Trans-Canada Highway between Monte Creek and Pritchard, approximately 30 kilometres east of Kamloops is now complete. The new four lane section opened to traffic last fall, and crews completed minor finishing works this spring. The work adds to the three kilometre section of the Trans-Canada Highway that was expanded from two lanes to four lanes in 2012 under the first phase of the Monte Creek to Pritchard project.

This area of the Trans-Canada Highway corridor, called the “Cradle of Secwepemc Civilization,” is one of the premier archeological and culturally significant areas in the world. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure worked collaboratively with the Secwepemc during the highway widening to protect, preserve and mitigate impacts to ancestral lands, burial land forms and settlements, including artifacts dating 9,500 years.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is pleased to work with our provincial, territorial and municipal partners to ensure Canada’s road transportation network is safe, modern and efficient. The expansion of this section of the Trans-Canada Highway will help connect local communities and encourage economic development, while improving safety for the thousands who travel through this area each day.”
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“These much anticipated improvements between Monte Creek and Pritchard will improve mobility, ease congestion and make it safer for commuters, commercial vehicle operators and travellers who use this route. Once the Pritchard to Hoffman’s bluff project is finished at the end of this year, B.C. and Canada will have invested $130.6 million to four-lane over 16 kilometres of highway between Monte Creek and Hoffman’s bluff, making the trip safer for all motorists.”
The Honourable Todd Stone
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

“Secwepemc are connected to the lands and hold inherent responsibilities for the lands, water, salmon, plants and medicines and future generations. The Trans-Canada Highway projects run through the heart of the Secwepemc Nation. The utmost care and diligence was taken by the Sexqeltkemc te Secwepemc (StS/Adams Lake, Neskonlith and Splatsin), and our three band corporation, SEI, during archeological, environmental and construction contracting. The StS ensured direct Secwepemc involvement and say for the overall projects. Crown and provincial relations with the Secwepemc was essential in the process in recognition of the Secwepemc and territorial lands.”
Chief Judy Wilson
Neskonlith Indian Band

Quick Facts

  • The total cost of this project is $69 million. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $16.7 million through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component.
  • This work is part of the B.C. government’s 10-year, $650 million commitment through to 2022 to continue four lane improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border.
  • The Highway 1 Kamloops to Alberta Four-Laning Program will create 3,300 direct jobs over the next 10 years.

Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0947
Brook.Simpson@Canada.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055                                                 
media@tc.gc.ca

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250-356-8241

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