The Government of British Columbia announced that Highway 1 safety east of Revelstoke will be improved through a project to widen the Trans-Canada to four lanes between Jumping Creek and the MacDonald snowshed.

A request for qualifications (RFQ) has been issued for the design and construction of the project.

The Highway 1 Jumping Creek to MacDonald Snowshed Four-Laning Project is located approximately 40 kilometres east of Revelstoke. Highway 1 will be widened to four lanes over a 2.6-kilometre section between the recently completed Illecillewaet project and the Jack MacDonald snowshed.

Safety and reliability for people travelling this section of highway will be improved through the inclusion of a centre median and roadside barriers to reduce frequency and severity of collisions, as well as avalanche and rockfall mitigation. Congestion will be reduced by the addition of a safe passing opportunity. The project will also make the highway more resilient to extreme-weather events.

Following the RFQ, a short list of qualified teams will be invited to participate in a request for proposals (RFP). The total estimated project budget is more than $245 million, with a net provincial contribution of nearly $200 million. The Government of Canada is contributing $45.7 million as part of the New Building Canada Fund. It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded in the fall of 2024, with construction beginning by spring 2025.

Featured image: B.C.’s Highway 1 safety east of Revelstoke will be improved through a project to widen the Trans-Canada to four lanes between Jumping Creek and the MacDonald snowshed. (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

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