Construction on the next phase of the Trans-Canada Highway four-laning through the Village of Chase will begin this summer.
The $32-million contract for the Chase West to Chase Creek Bridge project has been awarded to CIF Construction Ltd. of Prince George. Work is expected to get underway in July and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.
Crews will expand 1.6 kilometres of the highway from two to four lanes, with a concrete median barrier that will add protection for people travelling along that segment. The project will add a grade-separated interchange at Brooke Drive and extend improvements on Brooke Drive to Shuswap Avenue.
A new sidewalk along Brooke Drive and a new separated pathway on Chase Creek Bridge are for cyclists and pedestrians.
The work being done differs from what was originally planned by the previous B.C. Liberal government, which was looking at extending the four-lane project to Jade Mountain, a distance of 3.4 kilometres, rather than the 1.6 kilometres included in the revised plans.
Work is already underway on the Chase Creek Road to Chase West section, a project that includes 3.3 kilometres of Highway 1 widening with a concrete median barrier and construction of a pedestrian underpass and multi-use pathway.
This project is being completed through the Community Benefits Agreement, a provincial government program that prioritizes hiring and rehiring local workers, Indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and members of other under-represented groups who are qualified to do the work.
The total budget for the Chase four-laning project is $220 million. This includes up to $12.1 million from the federal government under the provincial-territorial infrastructure component of the New Building Canada Fund.
People travelling the TCH can expect to encounter construction this summer, and it is important to be prepared and plan ahead.