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November 08, 2018
Ottawa invests in Port of Prince Rupert infrastructures
The Government of Canada announced funding to support three separate projects to enhance infrastructure at the Port of Prince Rupert.
The funds consist of an investment of $15 million from the Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative for the Fairview-Ridley Connector, as well as funding from the National Trade Corridors Fund of $3.7 million for the Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor Expansion and $3.2 million for the Zanardi Bridge and Mainline Expansion.
The first investment of $15 million for an Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative towards the $100 million project that will see construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector, a 5 kilometer corridor that will provide a physical platform for two new rail sidings and a private-haul road between Fairview Container Terminal and Ridley Island Industrial Site. Construction for this project is expected to begin in Q1 2019 and complete in Q3 2020.
The Fairview-Ridley Connector will facilitate a rerouting of container trucks from local customs and transload facilities to Fairview Container Terminal.
The second investment of $3.7 million is dedicated to the engineering and design for future expansion of the Port's Road Rail Utility Corridor (RRUC). The RRUC is an infrastructure platform built to support access to future terminals and logistics operations on Ridley Island; its expansion is critical to unlocking future development on Ridley Island.
The third investment of $3.2 million supports the engineering and design of CN's mainline entry and exit to and from the Gateway, focusing particularly on the Zanardi Bridge and related bridge accesses. The current single track access to the Port will need to improve its capacity as intermodal and bulk rail cargoes continue to increase at the Port.
"These investments enable the Port of Prince Rupert to improve gateway infrastructure to support growth and ensure our speed and reliability as a strategic gateway for Canadian Trade is maintained. We're very pleased to have the Government of Canada's support in continuing to advance the development of the Prince Rupert Gateway," said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
Source: Prince Rupert Port Authority
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