Economic recovery funding will mean better infrastructure in Vernon, says MLA Sandhu

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VERNON – New Democrat MLA Harwinder Sandhu is welcoming provincial funding from B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan for road improvements in the Vernon area that will enhance safety for users, encourage active transportation, and make travel easier and more efficient.

“These are forward-looking projects that will make travel around Vernon safer and more cycle-friendly for years to come,” said Sandhu, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “I’m proud that our BC NDP government’s approach to economic recovery focusses on making investments like this that benefit people directly.”

In Vernon, funding is going towards road strengthening, ditching, and shoulder widening along Cosens Bay Road, and shoulder re-paving along Old Kamloops Road to improve safety for cyclists.

These projects are funded by investments provided through B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan, including an investment of $28 million to upgrade provincial side, secondary, and forest service roads, and a $16.7 million investment supporting Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s active transportation strategy, a plan to make walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation as safe and convenient as possible.

This funding is part of $418 million allocated to revitalize community infrastructure, enhance connections between communities and get people back to work.

New Democrats introduced the Economic Recovery Plan to to help people, businesses and communities recover and come out of COVID-19 stronger and better prepared. Investments in vital infrastructure will create local jobs, support small businesses and build a path to a low-carbon economy that creates opportunities for all. B.C.’s total provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic exceeds $8.25 billion.

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