The budget for the Illecillewaet project, the four-laning of the Trans Canada Highway East of Revelstoke, has jumped 35%. Initially budgeted at $62.9 million, the project is not estimated to cost $85.2 million, an increase of $22 million.
The project is a two kilomteter stretch of highway 42 km east of town and includes a brake check area for transport trucks. The contract was awarded to Emil Anderson Construction based out of Kelowna, BC. Work is expected to start in June of 2019.
Local MLA Doug Clovechok says it could also spell trouble for projects that are still in the planning stages.
“In the case of this project in my riding, the federal funding share is not going to change— so B.C. taxpayers are on the hook for these increased costs,” says Clovechok, MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke.