The Cariboo Connector Program is a long-term strategy by the Province of B.C. to widen the 440-km portion of Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George to four lanes.
Economic growth in the oil and gas, forestry, mining and tourism industries has increased the need for a safe, reliable and efficient four-lane resource and trade highway that connects Northern B.C. with the Interior, through the heart of the province.
The provincial government will commit $200 million over the next five years for Phase 2 of the Cariboo Connector.
This is a key part of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy, which commits $700 million over the next five years to increase capacity on key provincial highways and railways to support trade and economic growth.
An improved Highway 97 will increase safety and decrease traveling times while providing northern communities with a first-class trade corridor that will support increased commercial traffic to meet the needs of an expanding economy.
Phase 2 of the work to widen the Cariboo Connector to four lanes consists of nine projects. This will add 30 km of new four-lane sections to Highway 97. This builds on the $240 million invested (Phase 1) to widen the Cariboo Connector to four lanes since 2005.
The nine new projects will all be underway by 2017. At the completion of Phase 2, almost 50 per cent of the 440-km highway between Cache Creek and Prince George will be either three or four lanes wide, improving the safety and mobility of this important corridor.
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