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Major Canadian road to link B.C. ports, rail yards


A $1 billion Canadian highway that will serve as a major link between ports, rail yards and industrial areas in British Columbia is entering the construction phase.

Earlier this month, federal and provincial officials announced that construction had officially begun on the South Fraser Perimeter Road, a joint Canadian and British Columbian government project.

Proposed for mote then two decades, the 25-mile highway is part of the province’s Gateway Program and federal government’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. The road will improve transportation links in the region and reduce congestion on existing highways, federal and provincial officials said in a prepared statement.

“The road project … will build B.C.’s economic competitiveness by streamlining the movement of goods and people, and ensuring we can tap into the trade opportunities with the Asia-Pacific,” said B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell.

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