No Trans Canada construction between Kamloops and Chase planned for 2018

By James Peters
July 3, 2018 - 3:42pm Updated: July 3, 2018 - 5:26pm

KAMLOOPS — BC's Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has confirmed there will be no construction on the Trans Canada Highway between Hoffman's Bluff and Chase this year.

Twinning work between Chase and Monte Creek began nearly a decade ago, with the route now four lanes between Kamloops and Hoffman's Bluff.

Three significant sections remain - Hoffman's Bluff to Chase Creek Road, Chase Creek Road to Chase Road West, and Chase Road West to Jade Mountain.

According to an email from the provincial ministry, the Hoffman's Bluff to Chase Creek Road stretch is in the preliminary design stage.

The remaining two segments are closer to construction, with Chase Creek Road to Chase Road West slated to begin construction in 2019, and Chase Road West to Jade Mountain earmarked for late 2019.

The ministry says it is working to incorporate feedback from stakeholders and First Nations for all three sections.

The John Horgan-led NDP government has set aside $464 million over the next three years for upgrades east from Kamloops to the Alberta border.

In his 2017 election campaign, Horgan pledged to accelerate construction on the treacherous section of highway.

WATCH: Animation of the completed Trans Canada project between Hoffman's Bluff and Jade Mountain, courtesy BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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