2nd Phase of Highway 1 CorridorEnhancement Now Underway Print Article Font Size
RMI-phase-1.JPGThe Town of Golden is pleased to announce the start of Phase 2 of construction of the community’s largest Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) project to date, the Highway 1 Corridor Enhancement.
Valued at nearly $700,000 in this second phase, the project includes significant landscaping improvements to the Highway 1 public boulevards adjacent to last year’s Phase 1 areas, continuing lineal beautification enhancements.
“Highway 1 in Golden is one of the busiest stretches of road in the province,” says Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “Visitors from around the world drive along it and stop in the region enjoying some amazing scenery and world class tourism activities. The Province is pleased to provide Resort Municipality Initiative funding to enhance the roadway and surrounding area. It certainly adds to the visitor’s experience and encourages them to stay longer in this beautiful part of B.C.”
“We are thrilled to have been awarded the funding for Phase 2 of this project,” says Mayor Ron Oszust. “Phase 1 has already had an impression a great number of visitors, and our highway accommodators are pleased with the outcomes.”
Administered jointly between town staff and its retained engineering consultant WSP, the construction is once again under the competent management of Sierra Landscaping based in the Lake Country area of the Okanagan. 
“The work that was completed in 2015 was immensely successful and has made a marked difference to the entrance of our community,” says Jon Wilsgard, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town.  “It’s great to be moving on to Phase 2 which will see both extensions and variations on the theme we have created.”
The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding program is managed by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and intended to assist small, tourism-based municipalities to support and increase visitation.
Since these municipalities typically have a small tax base due to their size, the demands of their tourism activity often strain the resources available to provide infrastructure and event programming. RMI funding allows these communities to dedicate resources to improving tourism-based infrastructure and amenities to attract more visitors and encourage longer stays.
For more information:
Jon Wilsgard, Corporate Officer
Phone:            250.344.2271/237
Cell:    250.344.0155
Fax:    250.344.6577
Email:            clerk@golden.ca