UPDATED: 2:15 p.m.
The B.C. government has announced plans to widen the Trans-Canada Highway west of the downtown core in Salmon Arm.
The Transportation Ministry says the project, through two First Nations communities, will include upgrading connections to the adjacent and existing road network.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone says Salmon Arm is an important hub along the Trans-Canada for visitors and trucking businesses hauling goods.
He says that adding more lanes will improve safety, particularly at the Salmon River Bridge, which will be replaced.
The ministry says the project is estimated to cost $162.7 million, with the federal government contributing up to $48.5 million.
The Trans-Canada Highway goes through all 10 provinces.
Meanwhile, construction will soon begin soon on replacement of the North Fork Bridge between Revelstoke and Sicamous, near Malakwa.
The new bridge will improve capacity and make that section of the Trans-Canada Highway safer, said Stone.
The 58-year-old North Fork Bridge is the last remaining bridge with a metal through truss on the Trans-Canada Highway.
With two lanes, low clearance and no shoulders, it is nearing the end of its service life.
Tybo Contracting Ltd. of Langley has been awarded a $15.7-million contract to build a new four-lane bridge, expand a 3.8-kilometre section of highway to four lanes, resurface a further 2.2 kilometres, and construct frontage roads.
Construction will start later this fall and is expected to be completed in 2018.
– with files from NewsKamloops.com