South Fraser Perimeter Road grows B.C.’s economy and increases exports

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For release - July 5, 2013

Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood – Port Kells and British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone announced that the South Fraser Perimeter Road is now 80 per cent complete and on-track to open in December 2013.DELTA – The South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) is now 80 per cent complete and on-track to open in December 2013, announced Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood – Port Kells, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. The new four-lane route will strengthen the economy by improving the safe and efficient movement of goods and people.

“The Government of Canada is supporting the new South Fraser Perimeter Road project, which has already brought benefits to local communities through new jobs, and will continue to bring economic growth and prosperity to the region and the rest of Canada,” said Grewal. “The new road will make a significant difference in the Metro Vancouver region through improved efficiency, reliability and capacity of the Lower Mainland road network, and like other Asia-Pacific Gateway projects, it will help increase Canada’s exports to fast-growing markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”

“The South Fraser Perimeter Road is critical to building a strong economy for B.C. families,” said Stone. “This new route will help expand our markets and make B.C. more competitive by connecting key port, rail and highway infrastructure. It will also make communities and neighbourhoods safer for families by removing heavy truck traffic from residential roads.”

“We are looking forward to the completion of the South Fraser Perimeter Road in December,” said Delta Mayor, Lois E. Jackson. “This new route will alleviate some of the worst traffic congestion in the Tilbury Industrial Area and will improve transportation efficiency for Delta residents and businesses.”

The SFPR includes one of the largest environmental and agricultural improvement plans for a highway project in B.C. Part of this work includes a $20-million irrigation system in Delta, which will bring fresh water from the Fraser River to more than 15,000 acres of farmland. This will allow farmers to grow more diverse and higher-yield crops, help grow the economy and create more jobs.

“These upgrades to the Delta irrigation system are a huge benefit to local farmers,” said Delta Farmers Institute president John Savage. “It means farmers will now have access to better quality fresh water and more of it, which will increase crop production. Together with the help of the government of B.C. we are improving the farming industry and that is good news.”

The SFPR is a 40-kilometre, four-lane highway along the south side of the Fraser River. The eastern portion in Surrey opened in December 2012. Once complete in December 2013, the SFPR will cut commute times for families travelling roundtrip from Delta to Highway 1 in Langley by an hour a day.

The SFPR supports Canada Starts Here – The BC Jobs Plan. The plan is working to expand markets for B.C. products, particularly in Asia, and strengthen infrastructure to get our goods to market. The project will improve economic and business opportunities and lead to 7,000 long-term jobs in Delta and Surrey through improved industrial development opportunities along the corridor. In addition, more than 4,000 jobs are being created during construction of the entire project.

The Government of Canada through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative provided $365 million towards the $1.264 billion project. The government of B.C. contributed the remainder.

For information about the SFPR project: www.sfprconstruction.ca
For information about SFPR environmental projects: bit.ly/1b80QjK
More information on Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway can be found at: www.asiapacificgateway.gc.ca

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Contacts:

Kate Trotter
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and
Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332

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