Throughout much of the 20th Century the railway was the most effective way to travel from East to West in Canada. In 1949, a population boom from immigration after World War Two and a booming automobile industry encouraged the Government to pass the Trans Canada Highway Act. As it’s name suggests the goal was to connect all major cities in an attempt to build jobs in the short term and expand interprovincial trade in the long. Construction of such a roadway was overseen by each Province as it passed through their jurisdiction, this brought up unanticipated issues of Provinces attempting to secure more funding from Ottawa and trying to change the route of the highway as it passed through their Province. Many issues arose in the construction many similar to the ones which plagued railway workers seventy years earlier; much of Northern Ontario, British Columbia and Québec had to be cleared of dense forest cover and many mountains in Western Canada were a constant pain. By the mid 1950s it became clear the Government’s goal of a completion by 1956 was a tad over ambitious and so Ottawa increased funding to the Provinces and pledged to split the bill with all ten Provinces to speed up the project. Though the increased funding did little to speed up development in British Columbia and especially in an area called Rogers Pass. The area was the original route of the Canadian Pacific Railway however engineers abandoned the area which they designated too hazardous. Rogers Pass sees incredible amounts of snowfall, the occasional avalanche and rockslide which makes its understandable why the site was abandoned by railway engineers. Construction on Rogers Pass was long, the 150 kilometre stretch of roadway took six years to develop, in 1962 it was connected with the rest of Canada’s roadway marking the official completion of Canada’s greatest infrastructure accomplishment in 70 years. After thirteen years Canada was joined by road, it spanned nearly 8,000 kilometres and six time zones making it the longest trans national highway in the world. The undertaking grew thousands of jobs across Canada in every sector imaginable.