Hell’s Gate – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has completed work on an important highway infrastructure remediation project on Highway 1, south of Boston Bar.
Crews have fixed a section of the rock-stack retaining wall, located on Highway 1, approximately 50 metres north of the parking lot for the Hell’s Gate tram. A new, robust retaining wall has been built, spanning across the failure zone (approximately 22 metres) and is reinforced at the toes by vertical anchors. The project cost was $1.15 million and the contractor was Emil Anderson Maintenance.
“As part of our commitment through B.C. on the Move, we are making a number of improvements to ensure the Trans-Canada Highway is kept in top shape and continues to serve local travel, commercial truck travel, and tourists well,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “These upgrades will contribute to our goals of enhancing year round safe and efficient travel along Highway 1.”
Work started at the end of May and was completed at the end of July 2016. Crews are now performing final clean-up activities at the site.
“The Hell’s Gate tram is a popular attraction that draws a lot of visitors and we want to ensure people get there safely,” said Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope. “I’m pleased to see this project completed so quickly and I know travellers appreciate it as well.”
This project is part of B.C. on the Move, the British Columbia government’s 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.7 billion over the next three years to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.
B.C. on the Move is available online at: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/