Economic Recovery Funding Helps Address Effects Of Climate Change: Local Projects

Economic Recovery Funding Helps Address Effects Of Climate Change: Local Projects

Posted on February 25, 2021 at 8:36 am by Bill Roberts
Community, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Provincial

People around the province are benefiting from more reliable roadways and local jobs as a result of funding from StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan.

The new $20.7-million Climate Adaptation Program features a range of projects throughout British Columbia that will increase the resiliency of the highway network and help lessen the adverse effects of climate change.

“One of the key threats to the reliability of the highway network is climate related, and examples include high-intensity rainfall events, extreme freshet seasons and flooding,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “These events have been increasing in intensity due to climate change, and this initiative ensures a reliable transportation system will be in place for future emergency events as well as the continued movement of people, goods and services.”

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for the transportation network to be reliable to help ensure people in rural communities can get to medical facilities quickly, and so first responders, medical personnel and medical supplies can get to communities in a timely manner.

The program features projects that will mitigate and address the effects of climate change in more than 60 locations, while building back B.C. by providing good jobs to British Columbians.

In Thompson Okanagan and Cariboo – $4.4 million invested. Projects include:

  • Cache Creek – Copper Valley pit – supply and stockpile rip rap (rock)
  • Savona – Deadman Vidette at Joe Ross Creek – install concrete box culvert and stream works
  • Tkemlups, east of Kamloops – East Shuswap Road shoulder repairs – produce rip rap (rock) for erosion protection
  • Merritt – Highway 5A, Stump Lake – construct flood protection to raise profile of Highway 5A above future flood levels to ensure no further impacts to the highway
  • Simpcw, north of Clearwater – Norris Road rip rap (rock) replacement – produce rip rap for erosion protection
  • Darfield – Highway 5 Chinook Creek rip rap (rock) replacement – place rip rap along stream bank

Information about other projects that received funding can be found here.