Members and representatives from Local 115 joined dignitaries in celebrating the official opening of Highway 17 – more commonly known as the South Fraser Perimeter Road – on Saturday, December 21.
Local 115 Business Manager Brian Cochrane and President Wayne Mills were joined by MP for Delta-Richmond East Kerry-Lynne Findlay, and B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone at the opening.
“This new route… will cut commute times for families and make B.C. more competitive by connecting key port and rail facilities with access to borders, the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and the B.C. Interior,” said Minister Stone.
With the improvements providing easier commerce transit, the highway is also expected to generate economic and business opportunities and lead to 7,000 long-term jobs in Delta and Surrey through industrial development opportunities along the corridor.
The new four-lane highway connects to all five major Fraser River crossings, and aims to relieve traffic between Port Mann, Pattullo and Alex Fraser bridges. Construction of the 40km, $1.26bn project took almost 5 years to complete and during this time provided a lot of work to Local 115 members in the paving and HEO industries.
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