Feds award Alaska Highway maintenance contract
March 19, 2018 - Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded a contract for the maintenance of an 835-kilometre section of the Alaska Highway, running from north of Fort St. John, B.C. to the Yukon border, to White Bear Industries Ltd. of Terrace, B.C.
The work includes the rehabilitation of highway surfaces and slopes as well as the cleaning and repairing of drainage ditches. Maintenance tasks such as snow removal, sanding, ice controlling and pavement line marking will also be performed throughout the duration of the contract.
"The maintenance of the Alaska Highway is key to the economic prosperity of the northern part of this region. The work resulting from this contract will make the highway safe for travellers and will ensure local communities get sustainable, safe and reliable infrastructure assets that will contribute directly to their quality of life,” said Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough.
•The Alaska Highway stretches 2,450 kilometres across northern B.C. and southern Yukon into Alaska.
•It was originally constructed between March and October 1942 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to ensure land access to Alaska from the lower 48 states during the Second World War.
•The PSPC section extends from kilometre 133, north of Fort St. John, B.C., to kilometre 968, at the B.C. and Yukon border. The Government of B.C. is responsible for the first section (kilometres 0 to 133), while the Government of Yukon is responsible for the rest of the Canadian portion.
•This five-year maintenance contract, with two options on extending, was awarded to White Bear Industries Ltd. on December 15, 2017, for the amount of $79.8 million.
•This investment is part of an ongoing program to ensure the highway is well-maintained and safe for travellers.
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