Three new infrastructure projects at the Port of Prince Rupert are set to receive a combined 21.9 million dollars in Federal funding.
Minister of Transport Secretary Terry Beech was in Prince Rupert today to announce the funding, which, according to Beech, aims to foster long-term prosperity for Prince Rupert.
A 15 million dollar investment in the Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative makes up the bulk of the funding, which will go towards the construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector.
The Connector will create a 5 km private-haul corridor, complete with two new rail sidings, which will drastically reduce downtown truck traffic.
That project is a 100 million dollar project contracted to the Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance.
The second investment will see 3.7 million go towards the expansion of the Port’s road rail utility platform on Ridley Island.
And finally, the third project will get 3.2 million of the funding in support of the engineering and design of CN’s mainline entry and exit from the Gateway.
Beech said the projects combine to address urgent capacity constraints and strengthen the City’s transportation system.