Laila followed that with additional information, including:
In 2014, the transportation ministry reported the problems were merely cosmetic although correspondence uncovered by Ms. Yuile suggested government was relying on inspections conducted by the original contractor, not by ministry staff or independent engineers. It seems the ministry of transportation and infrastructure is not revealing the full extent of problems with the highway. One thing is clear, Laila Yuile has been ahead of others in reporting on financial and engineering aspects of the Sea to Sky Highway and the ministry’s responses last year to her inquiries are now proven dubious.
Today, CBC reports:
The Sea-to-Sky Highway is to undergo repairs to a retaining wall near Horseshoe Bay — just five years after the Winter Olympics for which the B.C. government spent $600 million to widen and straighten large sections…
The depth and quality of CBC’s current reporting may be revealed by their small ($195 million) error in quoting the cost of the roadway. As a matter of fact, the Auditor General revealed in 2012, “Capital costs increased from $600 million to $795 million.” The watchdog office also reported:
…the Province (represented by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) entered into a P3 agreement with the Sea-to-Sky Highway Investment Limited Partnership (a group of private companies) to design, build and finance about two-thirds of the highway improvements and to operate and maintain the entire highway for 25 years. The ministry is responsible for managing the remaining one-third of improvements…
Of course, the entire business deal has never been revealed. That’s a benefit of public private partnerships, if you are a private partner; it’s a disadvantage if you are a member of the public. However, we learn from public accounts about the stream of payments going from taxpayers to the private partner.
From B.C. Public Accounts (Updated for FY 2015):
SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY INVESTMENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
|Fiscal Year||Payments||Future Obligations||Grand Total|
|2021 & beyond||$ 451,000,000|
|Totals||$ 477,479,040||$ 699,000,000||$ 1,176,479,040|
More than three years ago, Laila Yuile wrote excellent pieces on the Sea to Sky Highway. Click HERE to begin looking at her work.
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