April 17 2012) — B.C.’s announcement that it will invest $200 million in Phase 2 of the Cariboo Connector was welcomed by the B.C. Trucking Association.
Phase 2 include nine new four-lane expansion projects over five years for Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George.
“Highway 97 is a busy route for carriers moving all types of goods through Northern B.C. and the Interior. Four-laning of strategic sections reduces congestion, increasing efficiency for motor carriers and improving safety for all road users,” says Louise Yako, BCTA’s president and CEO. “Increased capacity is welcome, especially as the industry looks at ways to meet the challenges of B.C.’s growing trade with Asia.”
Yako adds that these projects add up to 30 km, preparing “B.C. for the exciting opportunities that increased trade will bring.”
The $200 million is part of a total $700 million investment by the province, which will increase capacity on key highways and railways in B.C.
Yako also said the projects will also create more room between cars and trucks, especially during winter.