Highway information session coming to Golden

The Golden public information session will be on Wednesday Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Golden Civic Centre.

Golden will be hosting a public information session regarding the improvements, and the $650 million investment in the Trans Canada Highway between the Alberta border and Kamloops.

The government’s commitment to invest $650 million over 10 years into highway 1 between Kamloops and the provincial border was announced by Premier Christy Clark on Sept. 28, 2012 in an address to the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

A public engagement process will help shape the government’s investment. This future work will build on the more than $700-million invested in Highway 1 improvements since 2001, including two projects that significantly impacted Golden – the Kicking Horse Canyon Project, and the new Donald Bridge.

The government is offering a variety of methods for the public and stakeholders to be involved, including online engagement, stakeholder meetings and six public information sessions, including the one in Golden.

“Widening the remainder of the Trans Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border is critical for supporting goods movement, trade and tourism, and growing our economy. By engaging local communities and other stockholders, we’ll be able to modify and improve the projects already under development and prioritize additional work going forward,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

As part of the engagement process, the public will have the opportunity to learn more about projects currently under development.

The Highway 1 Kamloops to Alberta Four-Laning Program is expected to create 3,300 direct jobs over the next 10 years.

The Golden public information session will be on Wednesday Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Golden Civic Centre.