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Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project

The Sea-to-Sky Highway links communities from West Vancouver to Whistler. Set in a spectacular mountain landscape, the highway presents complex engineering and construction challenges.

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation is undertaking improvements to the highway between Horseshoe Bay and Whistler to improve its safety, reliability and capacity. By spring 2009, extensive highway improvements will make travel along the corridor safer for residents, commuters and tourists. This must be completed prior to the Olympics. Over the longer term, highway improvements will serve population growth, economic development in corridor communities and increasing demand for resident travel, visitor travel and goods movement.

Improvements will include highway widening and straightening, improved sightlines, additional passing lanes and other design innovations and measures to reduce hazards, shorten travel times and increase capacity of the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

The Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project will result in the following:

  • 4 lanes Horseshoe Bay to Lions Bay
  • 2 lanes Lions Bay to Porteau Cove
  • 3 lanes from Porteau Cove to Squamish
  • 4 lanes within urban Squamish
  • 3 lanes from Squamish to Whistler

The CDN $600-million improvement project will be completed by spring 2009 and will meet population growth and travel demands until 2020, with additional improvements phased in as required over approximately 20 years. The project will create 6,000 new jobs throughout the province as a result of economic activity generated along the corridor, and will increase provincial GDP by $300 million over the period of 2010 to 2025.

The primary goals for the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project are to:

  • Achieve safety improvements
  • Achieve reliability improvements
  • Achieve capacity improvements
  • Complete the project by spring 2009
  • Manage traffic flows during construction to minimize disruption and maximize predictability
  • Remain within the project budget of $600 million.


Issue Registration of Interest January 15, 2004
Deadline to register for information meeting February 3, 2004
Information meeting February 6, 2004
Issue RFQ February 2004
RFQ Closes March 2004
Short-list respondent teams April 2004
Commence RFP process April 2004
Issue RFP June 2004
RFP proposals received September 2004
Select Contractor Q4 2004
Award/financial close January - March 2005


Registration of Interest (issued January 15, 2004)


Further information about the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project is available on the project website at:

Any questions with respect to the Registration of Interest should be made in writing to:

Partnerships BC
Suite 1250-999 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2W2

Fax: (604) 660-1199

Attention: Karla Kennedy

For media inquries about the project, please contact Peter Milburn, Project Director
at (604) 609-3888.


Updated Jan. 15, 2004