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NEWS RELEASE

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For Immediate Release

2009TRAN0050-000724

April 7, 2009

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

City of Abbotsford

Government of Canada

 

NEW MCCALLUM ROAD INTERCHANGE FOR ABBOTSFORD

 


ABBOTSFORD – The City of Abbotsford is receiving up to $16.6 million from the provincial and federal governments toward an upgrade of the McCallum Road interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway. The project will improve safety for motorists and provide better access for residents to key public amenities.

 

The announcement was made today by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon, Abbotsford MP Ed Fast, Abbotsford-Clayburn MLA John van Dongen and Abbotsford Mayor George Peary.

 

 “An upgrade to the McCallum Road interchange is a priority for the City of Abbotsford, and it’s a priority for the Province as well,” said Falcon. “We’re investing in a project that will improve a vital link between communities on either side of Highway 1, and provide better access to the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and other facilities.”

 

“The McCallum Rd. interchange has been a source of aggravation for many, years,” said Fast. “With the completion of the 7,000 seat arena, improved access to and from that part of our city has become even more critical. I am thrilled that our federal government has agreed to partner with the city and the province to make this project a reality.”

 

The city and ministry are in the process of finalizing plans, which will see a number of safety improvements at McCallum Road and Highway 1. These include longer merge lanes, an overpass capable of accommodating higher traffic volumes, and changes to the traffic pattern to ensure that peak volume traffic does not back up onto Highway 1.

 

“This upgrade to the McCallum Road interchange will make it easier for residents of Abbotsford to access the surrounding community,” said van Dongen. “This project, and the new climbing lane on Highway 1 at Mt. Lehman, will help improve safety on major routes through our community.”

 

“This project is a great investment and benefit to our city,” said Peary. “Expanding this section of road will improve transportation efficiency and will create jobs at a time when they are needed most.”

 

The provincial and federal governments are contributing two-thirds of eligible project costs, up to $16.6 million. The balance of project costs will be funded by the City of Abbotsford.

 


The investment in the McCallum Road Interchange Upgrade is part of an overall $14-billion capital infrastructure program supported by the Province that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.

 

The federal portion of the funding comes from the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to provide funding to provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure projects. Funding will be available for two years for projects that will begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. This initiative is structured to flow funding and get shovels in the ground quickly.

 

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Media

contact:

Jeff Knight

Communications Manager

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

250 356-7707

 

Katherine Jeffcoatt

Manager, Corporate Communications and Marketing

City of Abbotsford

604 864-5564

 

 

Office of Ed Fast

Member of Parliament

Abbotsford

604 557-7888

 

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