Saturday November 01, 2014

Highway twinning first BCF project


Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina — Lumsden — Lake Centre, was joined by Nancy Heppner, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, to announce the first eligible project in Saskatchewan under the New Building Canada Fund.

This project will include the construction of 19.5 km of new twinned highway; the construction of a bypass north of the Village of Clavet which includes approximately 7 km of new highway for both lanes, and the construction of a CN railway crossing. This project will improve safety and efficiency for travellers. It will also support the economic growth of Saskatchewan, in particular the agricultural sector, by providing better access to one of the largest canola crush facilities in Canada.

The New Building Canada Fund is a component of the New Building Canada Plan, the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada’s history. This unprecedented commitment will provide $53 billion over the next decade to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure.

Over the next ten years, Saskatchewan will benefit from more than $1 billion in dedicated federal funding, including almost $437 million under the New Building Canada Fund.

“We are pleased to work with Saskatchewan to approve projects under the New Building Canada Plan to ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada,” Lukiwski said on behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.  “Canada’s highways are important links between our communities.  The Highway 16 twinning project will focus on promoting economic growth in the region, improving mobility in central Saskatchewan, and increasing safety for all those who use our highway system.



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