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North Coast communities get infrastructure money

Prince Rupert and Port Edward are the latest northern BC communities to receive government funding announcements this week.

Joint federal and provincial infrastructure money will be used to replace 2.2 kilometres of Prince Rupert’s century-old steel water supply line and a pipe bridge.

The new polymer pipe will be buried underground and will be less prone to leaks, breaks, and contamination.

Port Edward will see construction of a new 2.5 kilometre Wampler Way Bypass Road to provide access to a proposed liquefied natural gas project.

The goal of the bypass will be to provide safe industrial vehicle use which is expected with the development of LNG in the area.

Ottawa and Victoria are both providing nearly $2.2 million each to the estimated $6.58 million Prince Rupert Raw Water Supply project with the city picking up the rest.

The provincial and federal governments are each providing a million dollars to the Wampler Way Bypass while Port Edward is expected to come up with the rest of the estimated $17.6 million.

The government money comes from the Small Communities Fund.

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