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NEWS RELEASE

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For Immediate Release

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Feb. 19, 2007

Ministry of Transportation

Transport Canada

 

HIGHWAY 15 TO BE WIDENED FROM SURREY TO U.S. BORDER

 


SURREY – Work has begun to complete the widening of the Highway 15 corridor, from Surrey to the United States border, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon announced today.

 

“Canada’s New Government is delivering on better links between border crossings, ports, container facilities, industrial parks, airports and railways to improve safety for all road users,” said Minister Cannon. “Improved links will also reduce freight costs, and enhance the economies of Canada, British Columbia and the Greater Vancouver region.”

 

“This $15.4-million project is the latest component of the joint federal-provincial program to improve the movement of goods and people to and from the Lower Mainland’s border crossings,” said Minister Falcon. “We are committed to working with the federal government to open up our transportation gateways and improve the movement of goods and people.”

 

This project will see the widening of Highway 15 in Surrey from 32nd Avenue to the Roger Pierlet Bridge, and from 68A Avenue to 92nd Avenue. Work includes grade construction, soil preparation, asphalt removal, paving and electrical installations.

 

“I am pleased that this work is moving forward,” said Dave S. Hayer, MLA for Surrey-Tynehead. “Having a continuous four-lane highway from the Trans-Canada Highway to the Pacific Highway border crossing will greatly improve access for commercial transports to and from the United States. This project will ease congestion and save travel time for commercial truckers.”

 

Imperial Paving Ltd. of Burnaby has begun work on the project, with October 2008 as the scheduled completion date. The contractor plans to use staged construction to minimize delays during peak traffic periods.

 

The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are cost-sharing this latest project, with most of the work being funded through the Border Infrastructure Fund. Supplemental funding is provided through the federal-provincial Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program border-crossing component.


 

For more information, visit the government of British Columbia’s website at www.gov.bc.ca and Transport Canada’s website at www.tc.gc.ca. 

 

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Media

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Natalie Sarafian

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa

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Mike Long

Communications Director

Ministry of Transportation

250 387-7787

250 213-3402

 

 

Amanda Stringer

Communications

Transport Canada, Ottawa

613 993-0055

 

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