Widening of the Trans-Canada west of Salmon Arm will proceed through a $162.7 million project announced Thursday by the federal and provincial governments.
The Salmon Arm West Project will extend west of the downtown core of the city and through two First Nations communities of the Neskonlith and Adams Lake bands. It will widen Hwy. 1 to four lanes, upgrade connections to the adjacent and existing road network, and replace the Salmon River Bridge.
A majority of traffic on the highway consists of heavy trucks, regional commuters and local residents.
The project is the eighth in a series of Hwy. 1 projects previously announced under the federal New Building Canada Fund.
“Salmon Arm is an important hub along the Trans-Canada Highway for communities, visitors, and those hauling goods,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “The upgrade announced today will add more lanes to keep traffic moving and improve safety, particularly at the Salmon River Bridge, which is why this project was listed as a priority in our B.C. on the Move plan."