Construction is now finished on three more kilometers of upgrades on the Trans-Canada Highway between Pritchard and Hoffman's Bluff.
Work involved straightening and four-laning the highway, improving accesses, and adding median barriers, wider paved shoulders and rumble strips. An adjoining 2.8 kilometers were upgraded under the first phase of the Pritchard to Hoffman’s Bluff project that opened to traffic in July 2015. This section of Highway 1 is located approximately 40 kilometers east of Kamloops and, in the past, has had a higher-than-average collision rate.
Throughout the design and construction of both phases of the project, the Province worked closely with the Secwepemc Nation, addressing any environmental concerns and collaborating together to minimize the impacts of construction and preserve culturally significant sites along the corridor. A construction agreement was also required before work took place through the Neskonlith Indian Band’s reserve near Hoffman’s Bluff.
Since 2001, the provincial and federal governments have invested or committed more than $980 million on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border to improve reliability and to upgrade the highway to a modern, 100 kms/h, four-lane standard. Completed improvements have added over 60 kilometers of four lanes to the Trans-Canada Highway, increasing four-laning along the corridor by close to 20%.