HIGHWAY SYSTEM EXPANSION ANNOUNCED
September 22, 2005 The Council of Ministers responsible
for Transportation and Highway Safety agreed today at their
meeting in Calgary to expand the National Highway System (NHS),
following a report and recommendations by the National Highway
System Review Task Force.
Task Force was led by Transport Canada and the New Brunswick
Department of Transportation, with participation by all federal,
provincial and territorial transportation departments.
4,500 kilometers of feeder routes and 5,900 kilometers of northern
and remote routes are being added to the NHS, as well as approximately
500 kilometers of key intermodal connector routes.
would like to thank the members of the task force for their
hard work, said Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre, co-chair
of the Council. These roads are being added because they
are of strategic importance to Canada, its provinces and regions
as they keep people and goods moving efficiently, effectively
expansion will result in an even better highway system for the
benefit of all provinces and territories, said Minister
of Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation Dr. Lyle Oberg,
co-chair of the Council. The expanded highway system will
help increase safety on our roads, which is a priority for the
NHS was established in 1988 and consists of a 24,500 kilometer
network of key interprovincial and international highway linkages.
September 2004, the Council of Ministers approved the addition
of 2700 kilometers of new routes to the NHS, as a result of
a study undertaken by Transport Canada, to reflect changes that
have occurred in Canadas population, economy and trading
patterns since 1988.
expanded NHS agreed upon today encompasses 38,021 kilometers
of key highway linkages in three categories:
Key interprovincial and international corridor routes (the
original 1988 NHS routes, the September 2004 additions,
and links to key intermodal facilities and major border
crossings which connect with core routes)
Key linkages to the Core Routes from population and economic
centres (including links to intermodal facilities and important
and Remote Routes
Key linkages to Core and Feeder routes that provide the
primary means of access to northern and remote areas, economic
activities and resources.
Report (PDF format): National Highway System Review Task
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