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B.C.’s Transportation Contractor of the Year Awards recognize roadbuilding achievements

December 12, 2023  By Rock to Road Staff

Thompson Brothers Construction received the Grading Award for their Lynx Creek bridge and causeway project. (Photo credit: Thompson Brothers Construction)

VICTORIA – A number of projects and companies across British Columbia’s roads, bridges and infrastructure sectors were recognized in this year’s B.C. Transportation Contractor of the Year Awards.

Each year, the awards recognize achievements across the province’s roadbuilding industry in the categories of bridges and structures, paving, grading, safety and community service.

“These companies have gone above and beyond to provide excellent service to British Columbians, often during some challenging circumstances like extreme weather and wildfires,” said Rob Fleming, the province’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “They have shown extraordinary commitment to innovation, diversity, community service and the environment.”

Gitga’at Park Derochie Industrial Services Inc. received the Bridges and Structures award for their rehabilitation project on the Old Skeena Bridge near Terrace. The goal of the project, which finished four months ahead of schedule, was to preserve the bridge, which was built in 1925 and has become a local landmark.


The Paving award was presented to Dawson Construction limited for their resurfacing work on over 54 kilometres of Highway 97 at Hixon, south of Prince George, using 15 per cent recycled asphalt. Over the course of the project, Dawson Construction also helped with managing traffic during the province’s wildfire season. The project was finished ahead of schedule and within budget.

A challenging bridge replacement and highway realignment project near Highway 29 Lynx Creek secured Thompson Brothers Construction the Grading award. In response to reservoir flooding, the company moved more than two million cubic metres of material to construction a 150-metres bridge and a 280-metre causeway, in addition to a large highway embankment fill; all while being flexible in the face of local wildfires.

AIM Roads received the Workplace Health and Safety award for their implementation of the Safety Intelligent Protection Technology (SIPT) system to enhance worker safety during road maintenance. The system operates by creating a virtual fence, AI-driven hazard alarms and traffic control devices, with AIM reporting fewer incidents and injuries since their adoption of SIPT.

The Community Service award was presented to Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. in honour of their five-year partnership with the Murray Ridge Ski Area, providing thousands of dollars in complimentary road maintenance, snow removal, and parking lot care to ensure safe travel for students on ski days. Yellowhead also donated materials, equipment and over 550 in-person hours to the Stella Road pedestrian walkway project in the Stellat’en First Nation.

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