Funding for a pair of infrastructure projects in the province’s northwest was announced today at the Northwest Regional Airport near Terrace.
Provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone; and MP for Prince-George Peace River, Bob Zimmer, were on hand to announce the funding.
The first project is an expansion of the Northwest Regional Airport.
It will expand and upgrade airport infrastructure at a cost of almost $16.5 million dollars.
Both the province and the federal government will contribute about $4.5 million each, with the remainder funded by the Terrace-Kitimat Airport Society.
The Northwest Regional Airport is the first airport to receive funding under the new provincial Air Access Program, targeting small to mid-sized regional airports for upgrades.
The federal portion of the funding comes from the New Building Canada Fund.
Minister Todd Stone says airports such as the Northwest Regional Airport are vital to the economy.
The second project is to remove the last road level railway crossing on Highway 16 at Mile 28 between Terrace and Prince Rupert.
That section of the highway has a series of S-turns as the railway crosses the highway.
The Highway 16 project will see a 2km stretch re-aligned and an overpass built over the tracks.
Minister Todd Stone says this project will improve traffic flow.
This project will cost $37 million, with the province pitching in almost $19.5 million and the the feds adding $17.5 million.
Provincial funding comes will come from the B.C. on the Move initiative to improve the province’s transportation network.
The federal funding again comes from the New Building Canada Fund.
Stone also took the opportunity to announce that a contract will soon be awarded to begin work on the Sande overpass in Terrace.
Both the highway project and the airport are in NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley.
MP Bob Zimmer denied he was present in a NDP held riding because of the upcoming fall election.
Recent polls show the NDP in the lead to win the election with a minority government.