–Ministry of Transportation
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The Trans-Canada Highway is the main north-south corridor on Vancouver Island and serves as a critical route for moving goods, linking communities, and supporting a thriving tourism industry in the region.
The governments of Canada and British Columbia today announced approximately $34 million in funding to upgrade five kilometres of the Trans-Canada highway where it passes through Malahat Village. The project will contribute to a safer and more reliable connection between Victoria and Duncan. It will also benefit the surrounding communities by stimulating economic development opportunities for the middle class and those trying to join it.
The safety improvements include expanding five kilometres of highway to four lanes with wider shoulders, installing three kilometres of median barrier, and providing improved and safer highway access through a frontage road system. Work is anticipated to begin in early 2017 and be completed in 2018. When the Malahat Village upgrade is finished, there will be an 11-kilometre-long section of highway with median barrier.
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $14 million to this project through the New Building Canada Fund Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. The Province of British Columbia is providing approximately $20 million and is responsible for any additional costs. The total estimated cost of the project is $34 million.