Provincial and federal governments commit $37 million for rail overpass on Highway 16

The provincial and federal governments have committed to spending $37 million to create an overpass for the CN crossing on Highway 16.

The provincial and federal governments have committed to spending $37 million to create an overpass for the CN crossing on Highway 16.

Plans call for a re-alignment and grade creation on two kilometres of Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert to carry traffic over the existing CN line, effectively eliminating the last level CN crossing on Highway 16. The federal government will provide $17.5 million for the approximately $37-million Highway 16 project and B.C. will provide $19.5 million. during the announcement in Terrace, Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, and Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the project will “improve safety and highway access to communities, as well as reduce delays and improve the flow of goods to and from the Port in Prince Rupert”.

“Growing industrial development activity in the Northwest has led to increased traffic on our roads and through our airports. Thanks to the significant funding support through the New Building Canada Fund, we’re now able to move forward with these important projects,” said Minister Stone.