Keeping provincial highways, bridges and side roads in good condition is key to a safe and reliable transportation network, and government has earmarked more than $28 million for this year’s rehabilitation program on Vancouver Island.
“As part of our commitment through B.C. on the Move, we are making a number of significant improvements to ensure Island highways, bridges and side roads are kept in top shape,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “This means we are headed into another busy construction season as we continue to invest in our transportation network in support of B.C. families, communities and economic growth.”
These new projects include:
- $4.4 million to resurface sections of Highway 1 between Duncan and Mill Bay
- $4 million to replace the San Josef Bridge located on San Josef Road, west of Port Hardy
- $4 million to resurface various side roads
- $4 million to resurface the West Coast Highway (Highway 14) between Jordan River and Loss Creek, east of Port Renfrew
- $3.8 million for Pat Bay/Highway 17 resurfacing between Haliburton and Sayward Road
- $3.3 million to resurface Highway 28 near Buttle Narrows between Campbell River and Gold River
- $3.2 million to resurface sections of Highway 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino
- $2 million towards the Eve River Bridge embankment stabilization project on Highway 19, north of Sayward
“Vancouver Island has diverse opportunities for families, for tourism and recreation, and for industry and local businesses,” said Social Development and Social Innovation Minister and MLA for Parksville-Qualicum Michelle Stilwell. “We are responding to the needs of island residents to help get people and goods to their destinations safely and efficiently.”
“This year’s transportation projects will benefit recreational and commercial traffic as well as local residents and commuters,” said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae. “This is a substantial investment that is great news for our communities for the jobs being created along with the safer and smoother connections that will result.”
Work begins this spring depending on the weather conditions at each project location, and all are anticipated to be completed by fall.