New budget will help rebuild infrastructure damaged by earthquake, wildfires, Prime Minister Trudeau says

A rash of weather events in March, including two massive wildfires and the beginning of the strongest earthquake in modern times, has devastated parts of British Columbia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday announced that Interior B.C. highways where construction work is needed should be open to “essential” traffic only on Tuesday and “non-essential” traffic on March 29.

He added that he expects critical bridges to reopen by mid-April.

A news release from the Prime Minister’s Office stated: “Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the provincial government will complete critical projects through B.C.’s Infrastructure Budget for 2018-19, rebuild roads, bridges and culverts damaged by the great floods and earthquakes in early March, and rebuild highways, culverts and roads and bridges damaged during major snow storms in February and March of this year. The federal government will provide the additional $570 million to get our communities back up and running as quickly as possible.”

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