Sep 25,2009 Tri City News


The provincial and federal governments announced money will be coming to the Tri-Cities for road and infrastructure improvements.

By Grant Granger - The Tri-City News

Published: September 25, 2009 3:00 PM
Updated: September 25, 2009 3:42 PM

Three Tri-Cities major infrastructure projects received large injections of cash from the provincial and federal governments Thursday.

An $11.3 million Broadway Street reconstruction project in Port Coquitlam will be split three ways between the city, Victoria and Ottawa with the senior governments' money coming from the Building Canada Fund (BCF) for communities with populations of less than 100,000.

PoCo mayor Greg Moore said the the reconstruction will turn Broadway between Kingsway and the Mary Hill Bypass from two lanes to four along with left-turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides.

Moore is happy the project, combined with the Coast Meridian Overpass currently under construction, will mean Port Coquitlam will have a north-south connector all the way from Victoria Drive to the bypass.

Environmental compensation has already begun for habitat in the watercourse on the west side of Broadway that will be covered over, said Moore. The city hopes to have the first shovel in the ground by next spring.

In Coquitlam, the province, feds and city will pony up $2.47 million each for $7.4 million in improvements to King Edward Street and $2.4 million apiece for $7.2 million in improvements to Schoolhouse Street.

The money from the senior levels will come from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for projects that are shovel ready and are to be completed by March 31, 2011.

Included in Thursday's announcement was Anmore receiving $178,000 from each of the senior governments under BCF for a $535,000 water system renewal and upgrade project.

In all, $719 million worth of infrastructure funding from Victoria and Ottawa toward 174 projects across the province were announced Thursday.