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Premier Gordon Campbell handed out commemorative medals to workers yesterday at Brittania Beach to celebrate the halfway mark in construction on the Sea To Sky Highway.

On time and on budget. That was the message Premier Gordon Campbell and Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon wanted to send out yesterday at a ceremony marking the halfway point of Sea To Sky Highway construction.

With completion of a 10-kilometre stretch between Furry Creek and Gonzalez Creek, 59 kilometres of the 100-kilometre highway has now been upgraded.

The $600-million project is meant to increase safety with gentler curves and longer straight lines, while shortening travel times with more passing lanes.

It’s scheduled for completion in 2009.

The project hasn’t been without its controversy. Last spring, more than 200 demonstrators staged a month-long protest at the Eagle Ridge Bluffs in West Vancouver to prevent construction of the highway improvement project. Police arrested 23 protesters.