Transportation Network Improvement Project

Queen Charlotte to receive $4 million grant for Transportation Network Improvement Project

Project made possible thanks to the Federal Gas Tax Fund

March 9, 2018, Village of Queen Charlotte, BC – The Village of Queen Charlotte has been approved by the Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund for a 3-year $4 million Transportation Network Improvement Project.

The planned upgrades are based on the 2005 Road Safety and Operations Review, the 2016 Road Asset Management Survey and the 2017 Bicycle Network Plan. The project will decrease annual maintenance costs, improve safety, and provide a number of other benefits for the community. Planned improvements include:

• Paving gravel roads, alleys and parking areas
• Improving drainage and replacing culverts
• Widening intersections and creating cul-de-sac turnarounds
• Road resurfacing
• Wharf Street safety improvements
• Connecting the gravel walking trail from 9th street to the Day Park

Along with the local employment the project will create, indirect benefits to the local economy will include creating better access for locals and tourists to shops and services, improving active transportation options, and increasing access to undeveloped lands. This in turn will promote the development of new housing, providing additional jobs for local contractors and tradespeople and encouraging new residents to live in the community.

The Strategic Priorities Fund will cover 100% of the $4 million dollar funding for this project. Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Quotes
Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast
"Community infrastructure makes for great places to live and visit. Through a partnership with all levels of government, this investment will really help to improve Charlotte's downtown core and make it better for pedestrians and drivers."

Director Wendy Booth, President, Union of BC Municipalities
“Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure. The federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada’s longterm commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments.”

Mayor Greg Martin, Village of Queen Charlotte
“We were very happy to have this grant approved as it will really improve safety and reduce our operating costs while improving the quality of living for our residents. The added bonus will be the potential to open up existing properties for residential development to help address our housing shortage. This is the type of infrastructure investment that can really benefit small, rural and remote communities and we appreciate being able to access the federal Gas Tax Fund.”

Links
To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.
To see all projects funded through this intake, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/16553

 

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