Northern B.C. communities benefit from economic recovery funding
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:36 AM
People living in British Columbia’s northern region are benefiting from more than $11 million in transportation investments made to support the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, more than 30 projects ranging from active transportation improvements and transportation upgrades in rural and remote communities, to climate adaptation projects have been completed. Throughout the province, more than 180 projects received economic recovery funding.
“Investment in our transportation infrastructure has never been more important as we focus on recovery from the pandemic,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “These infrastructure recovery projects are important for communities as they improve access to crucial services and provide good jobs that lay the foundation for strong economic growth.”
Through StrongerBC, the Province has provided:
- more than $1 million for projects focused on active transportation safety and access improvements on provincial right-of-ways. Projects included multi-use pathways and rail trails, highway crossings, transit stop improvements, sidewalk installations, lighting enhancements and shoulder widening that make active modes of transportation safer and more accessible;
- more than $4 million to support projects focused on climate adaptation to improve the resiliency of the region’s highway network and decrease the negative effects of climate events, including flooding, wildfires and erosion. Projects included riverbank erosion protection, creek channel training, culvert upsizing, flood protection works, slope erosion protection and avalanche system maintenance; and
- nearly $6 million to support projects focused on upgrading side and secondary roads in rural and remote communities. These projects were part of a $418-million investment to revitalize community infrastructure, enhance connections between communities and help get people back to work. Projects included paving, shoulder widening, lighting installation and crosswalk markings.
One project to receive funding was the District of Bulkley Nechako’s Cycle 16 Trail project. This three-phase project will build a paved path that connects Smithers and Telkwa with rural areas, making it easier and safer for runners, cyclists and others using alternative transportation. Funding supported detailed design, signage, clearing, grubbing and drainage work, a cattle underpass extension, safety barriers and the production of materials in preparation for future delivery.
“Safe and reliable transportation is critical for all British Columbians – especially for those of us living in the North,” said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “That’s why our government has made so many significant investments in our region. Being active on trails, accessible public transit and good roads are what’s essential and necessary for our communities. We’ll continue to fight for more spending and projects to keep us moving.”
StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan is one of the ways government is working to support businesses impacted by the pandemic, while building toward a more innovative, sustainable and inclusive economic future.
Learn more about B.C.’s strategy for more active transportation: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-environment/active-transportation
Learn more about B.C.’s strategy for climate adaptation: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/adaptation
Learn more about B.C.’s economic recovery plan, StrongerBC: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/
A backgrounder follows.
Active transportation – more than $1 million invested
- Bulkley Stikine – shoulder-widening projects on side roads to improve the safety of people walking and cycling.
- The Doig River Nation – shoulder widening to improve the pedestrian route leading to the community centre.
- Prince George – shoulder widening on Chief Lake Road to add safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
- The Saulteau First Nation – construction of walking paths from Crowfeathers Store to Fire Lake Campsite
- Smithers–Telkwa area – Cycle 16 Trail improvements including design, signage, brush clearing and drainage work.
- Terrace – intermittent shoulder widening along Krumm Road.
Climate adaptation – more than $4 million invested
- East of Stewart – produce and stockpile rip rap and complete preliminary design for future road grade changes to mitigate against flooding on Highway 37A.
- Laxgalts’ap and Gingolx – install rip rap and various scour protection measures to mitigate against flooding of No Name Creek along Highway 113.
- Skeena River – produce rip rap and place for erosion protection.
- Sandspit (Haida Gwaii) – complete erosion protection at site along Alliford Bay Road.
- Bell II – produce and stockpile material to complete future channel training and erosion protection works to protect Highway 37 against climate related events and Snowbank Creek flooding.
- Haida Gwaii – produce and stockpile rip rap for erosion protection works.
- Terrace – replace Mountain Creek culverts along 1 Avenue adjacent to Lakelse Lake.
- Peace – repair damaged culvert to make Fraser Road passable and complete detailed design for future culvert replacement.
- Hazelton – replace undersized culverts along Aldous Road.
- Topley – complete design to replace undersized Watson Creek culvert along Highway 16.
Rural and Remote Communities – nearly $6 million invested
- Bulkley-Stikine – brushing along Highway 37 and side roads.
- Chetwynd – bridge maintenance on Honeymoon and Fisher Creek Bridges south of Chetwynd on Highway 97 north.
- Fort George – pavement patching improvements at slide locations along Highways 16, 97 and sideroads in the Prince George area.
- Fort George – rip-rap production in Prince George East Quarries for Highway 16.
- Fort George – brushing along various Highway 16 and 97 corridors.
- Hazelton – design and materials production for Ksan Slide in Old Hazelton.
- Peace – brushing along various Highway corridors and side roads.
- Prince George – base and culvert repairs, and gravelling along Discovery Road.
- Prince George – Upper Fraser Road repairs and shoulder gravelling east of Prince George.
- Regional – slide and washout repairs throughout the Bulkely-Stikine, Fort George and Peace regions.
- Regional – repair of road base, surface, shoulders, ditching, culverts, erosion and minor slide sites resulting from ongoing flood events in McBride, Valemount and Tete Jaune.
- Skeena – brushing along various Highway corridors.
- Smithers – rip rap production and stockpiling in the Smithers area.
- South of Dease Lake – slide and road repairs to Highway 37 at South Stikine Hill.
- Telegraph Creek – gravel production for Telegraph Creek Road.
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