Bridging the Week: How did transportation improvements affect your life this year?

Here, there and everywhere. No matter where you looked this year, the tell tale signs of change and construction were visible. Digging, flagging, paving, building, expanding and consulting were all on the agenda for transportation this year. And to top it off, we just released our new aviation strategy, helping guide our continued growth into the New Year and even further down the runway. If this week was supposed to bring the end of world, it sure didn’t show around here! Let’s look at some of the ways we are worked to move you in 2012.

If you live in the Southern Interior area of the province, you might have noticed: The start of Phase 2 on the Cariboo Connector Project, in order to widen a section of Highway 97 to four lanes between Prince George and Cache Creek; the new highway between Winfield and Oyama has surpassed the halfway mark and the Donald Bridge is now open, increasing safety and capacity for the Revelstoke to Golden segment of the Trans-Canada Highway.

If you live or travel in the Northeast area of the province you might have noticed Peace area highways upgrades, while Vancouver Island residents saw the replacement of the Sombrio Bridge on Highway 14 and safety upgrades on the Malahat corridor. Residents in the Lower Mainland watched construction begin on the Evergreen Line. When it opens in summer 2016, it will be a fast, frequent and convenient SkyTrain service, linking Port Moody and Coquitlam to the current SkyTrain system. Community consultations have been a big focus this year, with the ministry sparking the discussion on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and the future of coastal ferries. Get the full scoop here: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2012TRAN0131-002039.htm

Making room for future growth on the Fraser River
In another example of efforts to keep traffic moving, we recently collaborated with Port Metro Vancouver, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Corporation of Delta, and the City of Richmond by helping fund a project to keep vital channels in the Fraser River open and navigable with dredging.

This project meets Transport Canada safe navigation requirements for the largest commercial fishing and recreational vessels that access these channels. It also includes funds for maintenance dredging for up to the next ten years to promote sustainable economic and environmental revitalization of the harbours and waterfront.

Connecting with the World
B.C. highways connect us to each other and the rest of the country, but B.C. airports connect us to the world. An announcement this week outlines our strategy to build our connections with the world by increasing access to and from our province no matter where in the world you are.

So, now that the end of the world has come and gone, and we find ourselves looking forward to a new year, keep us in mind when you are looking to make a transportation news connection. ‘Til next year, Happy Holidays.

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