Phase 2 of Highway 1 Corridor Enhancement complete Print Article Font Size
RMI-Phase-2.jpgThe Town of Golden is pleased to announce the substantial completion of Phase 2 of construction of the community’s largest Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) project to date, the Highway 1 Corridor Enhancement.

Completed within the projected budget of approximately $625,000, the project included significant landscaping improvements to the Highway 1 public boulevards adjacent to last year’s Phase 1 areas, continuing lineal beautification enhancements.

“Highway 1 at Golden is one of the most well-travelled sections of the Trans-Canada highway,” says Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “Two million international visitors have come to British Columbia during the first half of 2016, and many of them have driven along this highway. The enhancements supported by the RMI program, are designed to ensure that as visitors enter our province they have a very positive impression of the region, encouraging more travellers to come to B.C.”

“We are thrilled with the outcome of Phase 2 of this project,” says Mayor Ron Oszust. “We know that Phase 1 has already had an impression on a great number of visitors, and our highway accommodators are pleased with the end result.”

Administered jointly between town staff and its retained engineering consultant WSP, the construction was completed by Sierra Landscaping based in the Lake Country area of the Okanagan.

“The work that was completed in 2015 was immensely successful and has made a marked difference to the entrance of our community,” says Jon Wilsgard, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town.  “It’s great to see Phase 2 extend and enhance the theme we have created.”

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding program is managed by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and intended to assist small, tourism-based municipalities to support and increase visitation.

Since these municipalities typically have a small tax base due to their size, the demands of their tourism activity often strain the resources available to provide infrastructure and event programming. RMI funding allows these communities to dedicate resources to improving tourism-based infrastructure and amenities to attract more visitors and encourage longer stays.

For more information:
Jon Wilsgard, Corporate Officer
Phone:  250.344.2271/237
Cell: 250.344.0155
Fax: 250.344.6577