Grand opening for 4th Street improvement project

Federal and provincial dignitaries, and the District of Vanderhoof joined community members to celebrate

  • Feb. 15, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad; District of Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen

Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad; District of Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen

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Federal and provincial dignitaries, and the District of Vanderhoof  joined community members to celebrate the completion of the Fourth Street improvement project. The event was commemorated by unveiling a plaque at the intersection of Fourth Street and Highway 16.

The project included improving a section of Kenney Dam Road, and Fourth Street, Vanderhoof’s main collector road.

Mayor Gerry Thiessen, on behalf of the district thanked Cariboo-Pince George MP Dick Harris and Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad for federal and provincial contributions that made this project possible.

“The Fourth Street upgrade is giving us another main arterial street,” acknowledged mayor Thiessen, “this upgrade provides improved mobility and road safety for pedestrians and motorists. It also replaces aging water and sewer infrastructure ensuring safe and reliable access to municipal utilities for area residents.”

The Government of Canada and the Province of B.C. jointly contributed over $3.5 million, through the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component program toward this $5.2 million infrastructure project.

“Our government is making targeted infrastructure investments to grow our economy and create jobs here in our community, and across Canada,” said MP Dick Harris, on behalf of the Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

“We are proud to have contributed to this important local project, which created jobs during construction and will help improve the efficiency of the region’s transportation network,” Harris said.

Rustad agreed the improvements were timely.

“It’s great to see Fourth Street in Vanderhoof finally get this much needed upgrade,” Rustad said, “I am pleased that we were finally able to make this happen, as infrastructure upgrades in small towns of the North only improve the life of local residents.”

The Canada/B.C. building fund is a federal provincial program that addresses the unique infrastructure needs of towns with populations less than 100,000.