Ford Road to Tappen Valley Road - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find answers to some frequently asked questions about the Ford Road to Tappen Valley Road project. 

Last updated: July 26, 2021 

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  • Traffic Information
    • How do I get road closure updates?
    • If I live on Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road, how do I access Trans Canada Highway 1 Eastbound to go to Salmon Arm?
    • If I live on Tappen Valley Road, how do I access Trans Canada Highway 1 Eastbound to go to Salmon Arm?
    • If I live on Tappen Valley Road, how do I access Trans Canada Highway 1 Westbound to go to Kamloops?
    • How do I access the Tappen Co-op Gas Station travelling on Trans Canada Highway 1 Eastbound?
    • How do I access the Tappen Co-op Gas Station travelling on Trans Canada Highway 1 Westbound?
  • General Information
    • What is the current status of this project?
    • Who will be responsible for costs associated with the project?
    • When will construction start and how long will it take to build?
  • About the project
    • How does this work improve safety?
    • Why is a new Tappen Overhead bridge needed? Can the existing bridge be repaired for ongoing use?
    • How will the project accommodate pedestrians and cyclists?
    • What has been done to minimize impacts to neighbouring properties?
    • How will the Ford Road to Tappen Valley Road project impact noise levels?
    • What will the new posted speed limits be after completion of the project?
    • What protective measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the construction site?

Traffic Information

How do I get road closure updates?

  • You can find the latest road closure updates for the entire province at www.drivebc.ca

If I live on Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road, how do I access Trans Canada Highway 1 Eastbound to go to Salmon Arm?

  • Traffic from Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road would take a left turn onto Tappen Station Road, continuing past the Tappen Co-op.
  • Travelers would then take a right turn onto Arnouse Road, continuing underneath the Tappen Overhead Bridge and take the right-hand entrance ramp. Traffic would then use the acceleration lane to merge onto Trans-Canada Highway 1 Eastbound lane.

If I live on Tappen Valley Road, how do I access Trans Canada Highway 1 Eastbound to go to Salmon Arm?

  • Travelers from Tappen Valley Road would take the right-hand entrance ramp onto the Trans Canada Highway 1 Eastbound to Salmon Arm, using the acceleration lane to safely merge with highway traffic.

If I live on Tappen Valley Road, how do I access Trans Canada Highway 1 Westbound to go to Kamloops?

  • Travelers would proceed down Tappen Valley Road, continuing underneath the Tappen Overhead Bridge and taking a right turn at the protected T intersection.
  • Travelers would use the acceleration lane to safely merge onto Trans Canada Highway 1 Westbound to Kamloops.

How do I access the Tappen Co-op Gas Station travelling on Trans Canada Highway 1 Eastbound?

  • Eastbound traffic will be able to exit the highway at Arnouse Road via a deceleration lane, following the information signs posted along the route.
  • Travelers will then turn left onto Arnouse road and continue under the Tappen Overhead Bridge to Tappen Station Road
  • Traffic will take a left turn onto Tappen Station Road, and continue to the Tappen Co-op on the right.

How do I access the Tappen Co-op Gas Station travelling on Trans Canada Highway 1 Westbound?

  • Westbound traffic will be able to exit the highway at Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road and take an immediate right-hand turn onto Tappen Station Road, following the information signs posted along the route.
  • Traffic will continue down Tappen Station Road to access the Tappen Co-op on the left.

General Information

What is the current status of this project?

  • The project design is complete.

Who will be responsible for costs associated with the project?

  • This project has been approved for $243M in joint provincial-federal funding.
  • This includes $82.14 million in federal funding from the Government of Canada under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund.

When will construction start and how long will it take to build?

  • A four-year construction period is anticipated for the project with construction targeted to start in 2022.
  • Relocation of BC Hydro infrastructure and localized tree clearing that is required as part of this work, has been initiated and will continue in 2021.

About the project

How does this work improve safety?

  • Four-laning with median and roadside barrier greatly reduces the potential for head on collisions and reduces unsafe passing maneuvers.
  • The intersection of Highway 1 and Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road will be upgraded to a right-in, right-out interchange. Eliminating left turn movements from Trans Canada Highway 1 into Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road will reduce potential collisions.
  • The protected-T intersection at Tappen Valley Road will provide safe acceleration and deceleration opportunities and allow turning vehicles to wait for a safe opportunity.
  • New frontage roads will consolidate highway access and acceleration/deceleration lanes will greatly reduce the likelihood of collision when entering/exiting the highway.
  • Improved highway geometrics will allow vehicles to safely travel at an increased speed.

Why is a new Tappen Overhead bridge needed? Can the existing bridge be repaired for ongoing use?

  • The existing Tappen Overhead bridge is safe for the travelling public, however the infrastructure is over 50 years old and is in need of replacement.
  • The new Tappen Overhead bridge is an essential component of upgrading this section of Highway 1 to four lanes.

How will the project accommodate pedestrians and cyclists?

  • The new frontage road system will better accommodate local traffic and active transportation throughout the community, providing a safer alternative to the highway. 
  • The shoulder width on the Trans Canada Highway 1 is 3 meters wide to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. The shoulder width for the frontage roads throughout the project will be increased based on the speed limit and traffic volume of each particular road. This varies between 0.5 to 1.5 meters.

What has been done to minimize impacts to neighbouring properties?

  • Throughout design, the project team has worked with affected property owners to share information about the project design and discuss options and solutions to minimize potential impacts, including property purchase.

How will the Ford Road to Tappen Valley Road project impact noise levels?

  • The ministry has current noise level information and may conduct a post-construction noise assessment to understand whether mitigation should be considered.
  • Considering the new highway design and the projected traffic volume increase over the next 10 years, the change in noise levels will not be clearly noticeable.

What will the new posted speed limits be after completion of the project?

  • The posted speed limit for this segment of Trans Canada Highway 1 will increase from 90km/h to 100km/h, which is consistent with the existing four-laning West of the project.
  • The highway will transition back to 90km/h at the Eastbound end of the Tappen Overhead Bridge.
  • The speed limit for Kirkpatrick Road, Tappen Station Road, James Road and Tappen Valley Road will be 50km/h.
  • The speed limit on Sunnybrae – Canoe Pt road will not change.

What protective measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the construction site?

Provincial construction sites have strict protocols and policies in place that follow the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread including:

  • Reduced in-person meetings and gatherings.
  • Virtual site sign in requirements to minimize high traffic areas.
  • Holding meetings outdoors to ensure physical distancing throughout the workday.
  • Strict daily cleaning and sanitization requirements.
  • Mandatory masks for all shared spaces.