Friday, May 15, 2015

Port to drive last spike into rail corridor ties on Tuesday

For those of us who couldn't make it to Craigellachie back in 1885, the Port of Prince Rupert is about to provide us with a modern day re-enactment of the Last Spike.

The Port announced on Thursday, that the last spike for the Road, Rail and Utility Corridor will be hammered into the ties as part of a ceremony on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30.

The milestone event for the project will feature a number of political and industry officials who will speak towards the final stage of the Road, Rail and Utility Corridor and celebrate the work of those that have worked on the project to bring it to a conclusion.

Among those anticipated to be in attendance at the Ridley Island event are Mr. Andrew Saxton, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance; The Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for the Government of British Columbia, Mr. David Miller, Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs for CN and Mr. Don Krusel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Rupert Port Authority

The Port will be providing a live audio and video stream of the event on Tuesday, available at

The Road, Rail and Utility corridor has provided for an expanded five track rail corridor, road access and a power distribution system along an eight kilometre corridor circling the Ridley Island industrial site, putting in place expanded infrastructure for future development of industrial land around the Ridley Island area.

The construction process to bring the project to completion took two years, with a number of local contractors involved in the work over that period, the full listing of those companies that contributed to the project can be found from this media release from March of 2013 when the project was first announced.

Background information on Tuesday's event can be found here.

You can learn more about the 90 million dollar Road, Rail and Utility Corridor project here.

For more items related to Port development see our archive page here.

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