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Prince George, British Columbia, October 16, 2010 – The new, state-of-the-art, commercial vehicle inspection station and Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) weigh scale on Highway 97 south of Prince George was opened to truck traffic today by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond and Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George. It was officially named the Red Rock Inspection Station.

"The completion of the Red Rock Inspection Station is another important milestone in our work along the Cariboo Connector," said Minister Bond. "We've put in place the latest technology to ensure truck traffic flows as efficiently as possible along the route, and we've also made safety improvements to the highway that will benefit commercial traffic and the residents of Red Rock and area."

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the safety and efficiency of transportation routes across Canada," said MP Harris, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "I'm proud to see work completed on this important highway. Together with the Province of British Columbia, we are investing in highway infrastructure that will stimulate our economy, increase traffic flow, and improve motorist safety throughout the region."

The Red Rock Inspection Station is the third station in BC to use Weigh-in-Motion technology, which can remotely weigh and measure commercial vehicles for compliance at highway speeds. It is also the northern anchor of the province's Weigh2GoBC initiative, a network of nine intelligent inspection stations along BC highways.

"BC is a leader in the use of technology to support the trucking industry," said Paul Landry, president and CEO of the BC Trucking Association. "Carriers who participate in the Weigh2GoBC program are seeing demonstrable savings of time and fuel, which is good for the economy, a benefit to the environment, and important to their bottom lines."

At the event, Lomak Bulk Carriers Corporation and Bandstra Transportation Systems Limited were introduced as the first members of the Province's recently-launched Premium Carrier Program. The Premium Carrier Program recognizes and rewards qualifying carriers who show an exceptional commitment to safety. One of the benefits of being a Premium Carrier is free Weigh2GoBC transponders for the carrier's entire fleet.

The new commercial vehicle inspection station is located on Highway 97 at the community of Red Rock. The facility is a centre median scale servicing both northbound and southbound commercial traffic. As part of this initiative, over 15 lane  of Highway 97 and local side roads were reconstructed, making travel safer in the region.

Construction of the Red Rock Inspection Station and accompanying work on Highway 97 and side roads created almost 90 direct jobs. The inspection station provides full-time employment for seven people.

The initiative was funded by the Province of BC and the Government of Canada through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund. It is part of the Province's Cariboo Connector strategy, a plan to widen a 460-kilometre section of Highway 97 from Cache Creek to Prince George. To date, over $240 million has been invested in the Cariboo Connector, more than doubling the amount of four lane highway since 2005.

Over $750 million has been invested in capital infrastructure and community grants for Prince George and North Central BC since 2001. Across the north, that investment totals over $3 billion.

Transport Canada is supporting the Weigh2Go initiative in BC, and has contributed more than $460,000 to the first phase of the project. Transport Canada is also responsible for planning, developing and implementing the policies that guide the development and deployment of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) across Canada, such as the nine intelligent inspection stations now in place throughout British Columbia.

Since the launch of the Economic Action Plan, approximately $10.7 billion has been committed through Infrastructure Canada's programs towards close to 6,200 projects. Along with contributions from other partners such as provinces, territories and municipalities, this represents a total investment of $31.4 billion.

Contacts:

Jeff Knight
Public Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250-356-7707

John Babcock
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148
OR Toll-free
1-877-250-7154