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$13 million in highway upgrades for NW B.C.


March 12, 2013
By Aggregates and Roadbuilding

March
8, 2013, Prince Rupert – More than $13 million in improvements will be made to
highways and bridges in the Northwest region of British Columbia, aimed at
increasing safety and efficiency for families and industry.




March
8, 2013, Prince Rupert – More than $13 million in improvements will be made to
highways and bridges in the Northwest region of British Columbia, aimed at
increasing safety and efficiency for families and industry.

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$5.9-million contract has been awarded to Belvedere Place Contracting of
Kelowna for a new bridge on Highway 37A at Bitter Creek, approximately 13
kilometres east of Stewart. The bridge was washed out during the flooding in September
2011 and a new permanent structure will replace the temporary bridge that was
built to allow access to Stewart following the flood.

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51-metre steel and concrete bridge will be built, complete with steel pilings
and new, stronger approaches, to protect the structure from further damage in
case of high water in Bitter Creek. Work will start at the end of March and is
scheduled to be completed by mid-October.

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$4.8-million contract was awarded to Peter's Bros. Construction Ltd. of
Penticton to pave 27 kilometres of Highway 16 east of Prince Rupert, from
McClymont to Fredericks Street and Galloway Rapids Bridge to the Tyee Overhead.
The asphalt surface on these sections of the highway is showing signs of wear
and this paving will protect the infrastructure. Work will start in early July
and is scheduled to be completed by late September.

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$2.4-million contract has been awarded to White Bear Industries of Terrace to
sealcoat approximately 65 kilometres of Highway 16 east of Terrace between St.
Croix Creek and Boulder West Creek and on Highway 37A from Bitter Creek Bridge
to Stewart. This section of Highway 16 is heavily used by the trucking industry
supporting expansions at the Port of Prince Rupert and Rio Tinto Alcan's
operations near Kitimat. Highway 37A has undergone extensive surface damage due
to flooding and flood repairs in the last two years. Work on the project will
start in mid-May and is scheduled to be completed by early September.