The province is putting the first contract out to tender for work on the new McKenzie interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway.
“We committed to getting shovels in the ground this fall on the McKenzie interchange project, and putting the first construction contract out to tender is another big step towards making that happen,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
“I’m looking forward to seeing work getting underway on this important infrastructure project which will benefit transit users, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in the Capital Region.”
The tender package includes the realignment and widening of the Galloping Goose Trail along with a new pedestrian/cyclist bridge over McKenzie Avenue. This initial work will also include the placement of preloading materials to compress soft soils, and the relocation of a regional waterline. The tender has been posted on BC Bid and the province expects to select the contractor in September. Advance site preparation work will take place beginning in August.
In early 2017, another tender will be issued for the remaining work that involves constructing the highway ramps and overpass, as well as the new north-south pedestrian and cyclist overpass over the Trans-Canada Highway.
When completed, the new McKenzie interchange will improve traffic flow in the Capital Regional District, reduce collisions, and enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety.
The ministry continues to work collaboratively with the community and all stakeholders involved in the project as the design is finalized and as the project moves into the construction phase.