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Salmon Arm four-laning project moving forward

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 202067 Views

June 4, 2020

SALMON ARM – Travellers will soon see crews working to further improve safety and efficiency through Salmon Arm, as government continues to move forward with major improvements on Highway 1 to the Alberta border to make life better for people who travel in the region.

The tender has been issued for the 1st Avenue SW to 10th Avenue SW four-laning project, which will expand this section of Highway 1 and make it safer for all travellers, including commercial truck drivers.

“Our historic investments in infrastructure are helping create jobs in the short term and build safer, more efficient roadways for years to come,” said Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “It’s great to see that this important work in Salmon Arm will be getting under way soon as part of B.C.’s initiative to improve traffic flow and safety on Highway 1 from Kamloops to the Alberta border. We look forward to continuing to work together to build a better, more prosperous British Columbia and Canada.”

The pre-load for this segment was completed last year. Once the contract is awarded through an open bidding process, work is expected to begin in fall 2020.

“It’s important we keep moving forward on major projects that will spur economic recovery,” said Claire Trevena, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This project is delivered under our Community Benefits Agreement and will ensure local workers are employed and that communities will benefit.”

Provincial construction sites have protocols and policies in place following the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These will include reducing in-person meetings or gatherings, holding meetings outdoors and ensuring physical distancing of workers throughout the work day. These measures, along with other work protocols, such as daily cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and surfaces, will help ensure worker and public safety.

“As we deliver this project that will keep people and goods moving safely and efficiently, we continue to make working in a safe environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 our priority,” Trevena said.

Along with widening 2.2 kilometres of Highway 1 to four lanes with concrete median barrier, work on this segment of the Salmon Arm West project will include:

  • replacement of the Salmon River Bridge;
  • construction of an interchange with frontage road connections at 1st Avenue SW;
  • construction of frontage roads to consolidate access to and from Highway 1; and
  • a multi-use pathway for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users.

“The City of Salmon Arm is pleased to see the TCH Salmon Arm West project move forward,” said Kevin Flynn, deputy mayor of Salmon Arm. “These improvements will provide increased safety and mobility as well as upgraded access for adjacent businesses. This project will also result in the much anticipated new bridge over the Salmon River. This project will greatly benefit Salmon Arm and the many individuals that travel the highway.”

The project is being delivered under the Province’s Community Benefits Agreement, which prioritizes hiring local workers, including Indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and other under-represented groups who are qualified to do the work, in a safe, welcoming work environment. This project will help diversify and grow B.C.’s skilled workforce by providing opportunities for Red Seal apprentices to work on site and gain the experience they need to launch careers in the trades.

“The Trans-Canada Highway corridor through Salmon Arm is critical to the economies of both B.C. and Canada,” said Kelly Scott, president, BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association.  “By increasing its capacity and improving safety, we are seeing an investment in our future that will ensure a safe and efficient movement of people and goods. This project is also supporting good paying jobs and training opportunities for the community.”

Learn More:

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

For guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19, visit: http://ow.ly/P7WS50z8hNT

Highway 1 four-laning program: http://www.bchwy1.ca/

Job opportunities for the Salmon Arm West four-laning project: https://www.bcib.ca/

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 356-8241


BACKGROUNDER

Salmon Arm West project breakdown

The Province has committed $1.04 billion to upgrading Highway 1 between Kamloops and the Alberta border over the next three years under Budget 2020.

This Highway 1 four-laning project will improve safety and reliability in Salmon Arm for people travelling along this important corridor.

  • The total budget for the Salmon Arm West four-laning project is $184.7 million. This includes up to $31.4 million from the Government of Canada under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund.
  • Original estimates for the project were completed in 2016 with limited engagement and engineering, and reflect an early level of understanding about the project.
  • Since original estimates, significant consultation with the Pespesellkwe of the Secwepemc Nation and the City of Salmon Arm has been completed, along with detailed engineering investigations.
  • Due to these factors, along with increasing costs of labour and a competitive construction market, the budget for the Salmon Arm West four-laning project has been increased to $184.7 million.
  • This is a higher volume section of Highway 1. It carries approximately 15,500 vehicles per day on average, with peak daily volumes exceeding 21,000.
  • Approximately 11% of the average daily traffic are heavy trucks and commercial carriers moving between communities, the Lower Mainland and other provinces.
  • The Salmon River Bridge and existing intersection locations are problematic for safety. Between 2009 and 2018, there were 87 collisions including one fatality, 56 injuries and 49 incidents with property damage only.
  • BC Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB) will provide the skilled trades workforce for projects under the Highway 1 four-laning program, which uses the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA).
  • BCIB is the provincial Crown corporation established in 2018 to implement the CBA: https://www.bcib.ca/reporting-and-resources/
  • https://www.bcib.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Community-Benefits-Agreement.pdf
  • BCIB commits to partner in the successful delivery of projects to mobilize and grow a safe, diverse and skilled workforce, and to honour community strength by building on local assets, knowledge and potential across a network of select public infrastructure projects.
  • BCIB implements priority hiring, which provides opportunities for locals, Indigenous peoples, women and other under-represented groups who want to build their career in the skilled trades with more training and employment opportunities. There will also be support for apprentices so they can complete their certification.
  • It is anticipated that approximately 45 worksite employees will be hired for each of the three construction seasons. BCIB has estimated apprenticeship and training targets for this project to be between 8% and 18%.
  • BCIB enables a safe, respectful workplace through the Respectful Worksite Initiative to all employees on CBA sites, which includes Indigenous Cultural Competency training and Be More than A Bystander training focusing on ending discriminatory, gender-based behaviour on worksites.

Below is an update on the three segments originally included in this project:

IR#3 to 1st Avenue SW

  • This segment is complex and runs through one of the Neskonlith Indian Band’s reserves.
  • Government is continuing the process of developing a detailed design and determining the property required, while addressing any concerns and impacts as a result of that design with the Neskonlith Indian Band.
  • This segment remains a priority, but is not currently included in the construction schedule while work is ongoing.

1st Avenue SW to 10th Avenue SW

  • 2.2 kilometres of highway widening, replacement of Salmon River Bridge, construction of an interchange, frontage roads and a multi-use pathway.
  • The tender for this segment is now live on BCBid.
  • Following an open bidding process, construction will begin in fall 2020.

10th Avenue SW to 10th Street SW

  • This segment runs through the Adams Lake Indian Band’s reserve.
  • Government has been working collaboratively with Adams Lake Indian Band on the reserve land acquisition.
  • This segment is a priority and work is expected to get underway in 2023.
  • This section includes 1.1 kilometres of highway widening and intersection and frontage road upgrades.

Contact:

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 356-8241

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: news.gov.bc.ca/connect

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