History of the Kamloops to Shuswap Lake Trans-Canada in British Columbia
Further upgrading of the portion of Highway 5 just north of Kamloops continued and late in 1984 a new four-lane bridge over the North Thompson River was officially opened. Costing $16.3 million, this impressive 450-metre structure provides a connection from North Kamloops to Highway 5.
In 2013, Trans Canada Highway expansion comes to a halt after more ancestral Secwepemc remains found. Newly unearthed remains of an 8,700 year old ancestor were found at the site of an ancient village, and the oldest to date found in BC. The location of the Sacred Fire is approximately 5 km west of the Pritchard store at one of the burial sites, the other burial site is approximately 2 km from the fire. There is also a very significant, Sacred site for Secwepemc, at Hoffman's Bluff that is also at risk of being blown up.
A primary safety concern in this zone is Hoffmans Bluff which is just west of Chase. A large $61.6M project was compldeted in 2016 which improves a 6 km portion of the Trans-Canada Highway leading up to Hoffmans Bluff.
The bluff is constrained on all sides by the existing highway, large rock cuts, the railway, and river, and the only option was to blast away at the cliff on the south side of the highway to make room.
Hoffmans Bluff Photos
In the 2012-2016 period the 10.5 km section of Highway 1 west of Chase widened to four lanes and other improvements including construction of a median, paved shoulders and turn lanes.
At Chase, at the western end of Shuswap Lake, a bridge over the Trans-Canada highway takes traffic to the north side of Shuswap Lake. The cottages on the north shore are on land leased from the local band of the Shuswap First Nation.
The Adams River, an important salmon spawning waterway, is also accessed via this bridge is a major salmon river in the region.
Netween Chase and Salmon Arm
In 2001, Four-laning of 2.8 km of highway and intersection improvements at Notch Hill Road along Highway 1 between Chase and Salmon Arm.
In 2011, the Four-laning of 4.8 km of highway near Chase was completed, including side road improvements, new interchange and upgrades to at-grade intersections.
In 2004 Four-laning of 4.2 km of highway was completed, with reconstruction of White Lake Road intersection, including grade separation and improvements to 3.1 km of frontage roads between Chase and Salmon Arm.
In 2006, Urban highway improvements thtough Salmon Arm including upgrades to and realignment of 4 km between 6th Street NE and Highway 97B to a four-lane design standard.
Salmon Arm Photos
Along Shuswap lake, the route of the Trans-Canada was squeezed alongside the southern shore of the lake, alongside the railway route through the region. The two lane road connected many tourist towns that grew nicely from the increased traffic across the country.
Shuswap Lake has over 1000 kilometers of shoreline, and provides excellent access for boating, camping, swimming and houseboating.
The challenge faced now is that increase vehicular and truck traffic is overwhelming the ear's two-lane road, and requires four lanes (as already goes through Salmon Arm), without destroying most highway-side commercial properties smaller communities, or in some case the water-front properties in others.
Shuswap Lake Photos
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