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June 18, 2024 at 11:58 am  BC, News, Politics, Provincial

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The Province is providing $85 million toward 11 active transportation (AT) projects across communities in B.C.

South coast region:

  • Howes Street multi-use pathway – The design and construction of a protected multi-use path on the west side of Howes Street, which provides a safe connection from Ewan Avenue in the Queensborough neighbourhood to Boyd Street, the central commercial district, connecting to existing AT infrastructure on the local network.
  • Tillicum pedestrian overpass – The design and construction of a multi-use pathway overpass allowing for grade-separated AT infrastructure for Galloping Goose Trail within the capital region.

Northern region:

  • Cycle 16 multi-use pathway – The Cycle 16 multi-use pathway will be receiving an additional nine-kilometre, three-metre-wide path along Highway 16 between the communities of Smithers and Telkwa. Both Telkwa and Smithers have paths that will be connected upon the completion of all phases of the project. 
  • Highway 35 multi-use pathway – The first phase of the project will be completing design for a 12-kilometre multi-use pathway adjacent to Highway 35 connecting Village of Burns Lake cycle network and Tchesinkut Lake community with residences and businesses in between.
  • Highway 97 Hart multi-use pathway – Engineering to determine the feasibility of a multi-use path between Cameron Street bridge and Northwood Road intersection. A multi-use pathway would connect the Hart residential neighbourhood with services and amenities in downtown Prince George.

Southern Interior region:

  • Clements Crescent intersection transit and pedestrian connectivity improvements – The engineering and construction of active transportation and transit-stop improvements at the Highway 97 and Clements Crescent intersection, and a new separated pathway south to Ponderosa Drive along Highway 97. This project will connect Peachland’s shopping plaza, grocery store, and elementary school, and provide access to Route 70 regional transit service. 
  • H3A Kootenay Lake bridge AT improvements – Engineering to determine the feasibility of constructing protected bicycle lanes and sidewalks on the bridge. The project will improve safety, comfort and accessibility of AT users crossing the bridge. It will provide connectivity to the active transportation network, including Nelson’s Cycling and Trail Network, the Trans-Canada Trail, and other recreational and commuter destinations on the north and south shore of Kootenay Lake.
  • Shuswap Road multi-use pathway from Sun Rivers to Sienna Ridge – A one-kilometre pathway from Shuswap Road and Sun Rivers intersection to Sienna Ridge development. It will provide safe access within Tk’emlups Reserve with year-round AT infrastructure. Local residents and recreational users, band offices, school and local developments will be connected.
  • Shuswap Road planning for a multi-use pathway from Sienna Ridge to La Farge – This project is to complete a feasibility assessment, which will tie into the Shuswap multi-use pathway at Sienna Ridge and terminates at La Farge.
  • H1 west and H5 Thompson River crossings – This project is to complete engineering for potential AT improvements on overpasses of Highway 1 through Kamloops and the Thompson River. The project aims to provide appropriate and technically feasible cycling facilities, which align with the City of Kamloops’ active transportation plan.
  • Highway 5 Nicola interchange pedestrian and cycle safety – The project will provide safe pedestrian and cycling connection across the Nicola interchange between the eastern city centre and the development occurring on the west, and will align with the City of Merritt’s AT strategy.

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