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B.C. firm awarded $40 million contract to upgrade portions of Alaska Highway


August 9, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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Peter’s Bros. Construction in Penticton, B.C., has been awarded a $39.6 million contract from Ottawa to upgrade portions of the Alaska Highway.

The road surface work will be done on two different areas of the highway around Fort Nelson, B.C. The work includes the conversion of the current road surface to a stronger, more durable pavement that the federal government says will make the highway safer and reduce maintenance costs.

The work will start this summer and is scheduled to be completed in fall 2021.

This project will employ the local labour force and Indigenous companies. The contract includes an Indigenous Participation Component that requires the formation of partnerships with local First Nations.

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“The Alaska Highway is integral to the economy of this part of Canada,” says Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement. “Enhancements to the highway are part of the government’s ongoing commitment to keep this important route safe for travellers and will support important jobs locally, including those in indigenous communities.”

The Alaska Highway stretches 2,450 kilometres across northern British Columbia and southern Yukon into Alaska.

The contract is the result of a competitive tendering process initiated in May 2021. It includes making geometric and infrastructure improvements where needed by widening the shoulders, introducing crossfall slopes, improving super elevation, and correcting unsuitable vertical curves and barrier flares.

The work also includes converting the existing Bituminous Surface Treatment road surface to Asphaltic Concrete Pavement, the common road surface found on the majority of the highway at kilometers 325 to 355 and kilometers 520 to 555.