MISSION – Investing in urban transportation networks helps build a solid foundation for more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable cities. These investments also reduce congestion and help get Canadians and their families to and from their destinations safely and efficiently.

 

Today, Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission, and Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford Mission on behalf of Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for British Columbia, announced joint funding with the Government of Canada of $41.5- million to make significant improvements to Highway 7 through Mission to increase safety and mobility along this key corridor.

 

Crews will widen 3.6 kilometres of Highway 7 from two to four lanes, with the installation of concrete median barrier between Silverdale Avenue and Nelson Street in Mission. The highway widening will help reduce congestion and boost safety and capacity on this busy stretch of highway, and the new concrete median barrier will help prevent head-on collisions and other crossover accidents from occurring.

 

These upgrades are a part of an overarching strategy to boost safety and capacity along Highway 7 from Pitt Meadows to Mission. The federal government and the B.C. government have jointly committed to $70-million for the full corridor enhancement project, to accommodate increasing traffic demands and regional growth in this area. The improvements are expected to be completed by winter 2018/19. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created over the life of the corridor enhancement project.

 

QUOTES:

Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission on behalf of Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for British Columbia –

 

“Mission is a growing and thriving community, and Highway 7 traffic through Mission is comprised of local residents, along with commercial goods movers, people travelling from other parts of B.C., and tourists visiting our beautiful region. We are happy to partner with the federal government on this important four-laning and median barrier project for Highway 7, which will benefit local motorists, travellers, and commercial drivers alike, for safer and more efficient travel year-round on this corridor.”

 

Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford Mission

“The $41.5 million in improvements to Highway 7 will improve safety and the flow of this busy section of roadway. I am glad that we are able to partner with the federal government on a big project like this, I know our drivers in our region will certainly appreciate these important upgrades.”

 

Quick facts:

  • For the $70-million safety and capacity improvement project from Pitt Meadows to Mission, the Government of Canada is contributing $22.45 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund, and the Government of B.C. is contributing $47.55 million as part of B.C. on the Move.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

 

Learn more:

 

New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptic-vipt-eng.html

 

Follow the work of the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: http://tranbc.ca/

 

B.C. on the Move: http://www.gov.bc.ca/bconthemove