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January 17, 2012 13:13 ET

Harper Government Invests In British Columbia's Economy and Jobs

Public Infrastructure Investment to Further Improve Alaska Highway

FORT NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2012) - Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced that the Harper Government will be undertaking an important capital improvement project on the Alaska Highway in 2012-13, as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The Alaska Highway is a critical element of local, regional, provincial, national and international infrastructure, providing benefits to thousands of Canadians," Mr. Zimmer said. "These upgrades will create local jobs and benefit the regional economy for years to come."

"The top priority of our Government remains the economy," said Minister Ambrose. "Through our investments in public infrastructure, we are not only creating jobs across the country but also ensuring safe access to these structures for the public."

This federal investment is part of the ongoing capital repair and maintenance programs to ensure that the highway continues to provide safe service to Canadians.

The work involves paving and intersection improvements on an eight-kilometre stretch (between kilometres 443 and 451) in the Fort Nelson area.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is responsible for maintaining an 835-kilometre section of the 2,450 kilometre-long Alaska Highway from kilometre 133, north of Fort St. John, British Columbia, to kilometre 968 at the British Columbia/Yukon border. British Columbia is responsible for the first section up to kilometre 133, and Yukon for 935 kilometres in the territory.

PWGSC is committed to a fair, open and transparent tendering process, which will be conducted through the Government Electronic Tendering System (MERX).

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BACKGROUNDER

Alaska Highway-Major Capital Projects 2012-2013

The Alaska Highway stretches 2,450 kilometres across northern British Columbia (B.C.) and southern Yukon into Alaska. It was originally constructed in 1943 by the US Army Corps of Engineers to ensure land access to Alaska from the lower 48 states during World War II. About 80 per cent (1,900 km) of the highway is actually in Canada, with the starting point ("Mile Zero", or km 0) in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is responsible for maintaining an 835-km section from km 133, north of Fort St. John, B.C., to km 968, at the B.C./Yukon border. B.C. is responsible for the first section (km 0 to 133) and Yukon is responsible for the rest of the Canadian portion.

An ongoing program of capital repairs, improvements and maintenance ensures that service is provided to travellers. The road surface and highway bridges are inspected annually. Typically, PWGSC spends about $32 million a year on maintenance and capital projects. In 2012-2013, a new pavement overlay and intersection improvements (two new left-hand turning lanes and consolidation of access points) on an eight-kilometre stretch (between kilometres 443 and 451) in the Fort Nelson area are planned.

Contact Information

  • Michelle Bakos
    Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    819-956-2315