Highway 3 Sunday Creek improvement project complete

News Release

November 28, 2016 – Princeton, British Columbia

Today, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia (B.C.) announced the completion of the $17.3-million Highway 3 widening and realignment project approximately 30 kilometres west of Princeton.

Five kilometres of highway between Sunday Creek and Sunday Summit have been widened to make it safer and easier for passing opportunities. The westbound Sunday Summit passing lane has been extended by 1.6 kilometres and the eastbound Saturday Creek passing lane has been extended by 1 kilometre.

Crews have also re-aligned this section of highway to straighten out curves and to improve driver sightlines. Other safety enhancements include additional roadside barrier and rumble strips. This widening and realignment will help reduce collisions, create safer passing opportunities, and improve the efficiency of traffic flow.

The contractor for this project was Emil Anderson Construction Inc. of Kelowna. Work started in June 2015 and has completed on schedule. The original estimated cost for this highway project was $27.6-million, however, the project was completed significantly under budget, saving taxpayer dollars. The Government of Canada contributed $6.5 million through the Building Canada Fund and the B.C. government contributed $10.8 million.

Expanding the capacity of our transportation network is critical to improving safety, attracting new investment and supporting economic growth. As outlined in B.C. on the Move, the B.C. government will invest approximately $1 billion over three years to ensure our network has the capacity and reliability to meet transport and trade needs, with maximum safety and minimal delays.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the Province of British Columbia in supporting projects that make roads safer and more efficient for residents, visitors, and truckers. Helping businesses move their goods to market will stimulate economic growth, help grow the middle class and foster long-term prosperity."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi,
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Highway 3 provides an important link connecting the communities of Hope and Princeton, and through this highway upgrade project completion, we are improving safety, reliability, and connectivity for all traffic."
The Honourable Todd Stone
British Columbia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

"We heard loud and clear from mayors all along the Highway 3 corridor that this project was a priority. I'm proud to say that we have delivered on our promise to improve Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton."
Jackie Tegart
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fraser-Nicola

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-219-0149
Brook.Simpson@Canada.ca

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

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

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