Infrastructure & Roads
Issues have been raised regarding the need to improve roads, and related safety infrastructure. BC has committed to the following for Moricetown:
- Coordination of Provincial agencies to address highway safety concerns raised by Moricetown.
- Ministers’ level follow up with Federal government on a need for a community safety plan.
- Coordinate road works with federal infrastructure funding for on reserve roads
- Work with agencies and private sector to secure a cell tower that serves Moricetown.
In addition, BC has committed to broader initiatives on Highway 16 that includes the following:
- $1.6 million over 2 years for transit expansion to extend or enhance BC Transit services to better connect communities.
- $750,000 over 3 years for a community transportation grant program to purchase and operate vehicles, to support community-based transportation programs operated by First Nations, local governments or non-profit organizations.
- $150,000 over 3 years for a First Nations driver education program
- $500,000 over 2 years for highway infrastructure safety improvements including webcams and transit shelters.
- Collaboration to increase interconnectivity of services: The ministry will work to increase coordination of existing transportation services through BC Transit, Northern Health, not for profit organizations and private service providers.
- The Province has appointed a new ten-person Highway 16 Transportation Advisory Group to oversee implementation of the action plan and ensure that the actions address the input received at the transportation symposium.