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Rock to Road’s Top 5 stories of 2021


December 24, 2021
By Rock to Road staff

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This year marked another busy season for the roadbuilding and aggregate industries in Canada.

While there was no shortage of road building and aggregate news throughout 2021, some headlines attracted more attention than others.

Here are the Top 5 most read stories online at rocktoroad.com throughout the year:

5. The autonomous job site: AI takes some control of heavy equipment

As the number of autonomous features available for heavy equipment continues to grow, it’s hard not to think of the automotive industry’s quest to develop self-driving cars.

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While both industries utilize the powerful combination of artificial intelligence and advanced vision systems to achieve humanlike control, there’s more to the differences than meets the eye.

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4. Demolition on east portion of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway

Toronto’s aging Gardiner Expressway underwent a major ramp improvement beginning in August.

The City of Toronto and project leader Waterfront Toronto announced construction details of the planned Lake Shore Boulevard East project, including removal of the Logan Avenue ramp at the most eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway.

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3. Caterpillar retains top spot as world’s largest manufacturer of construction equipment

Caterpillar has retained its top spot as the largest manufacturer of construction equipment in the world, according to a ranking by a British construction magazine.

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2. Gravel section of Trans Labrador Highway being paved at cost of $28 million

The last 80 kilometres of gravel roadway that is part of the Trans Labrador Highway is being paved at a cost of nearly $28 million.

Newfoundland and Labrador announced the construction project as part of a $50 million investment, in partnership with the federal government

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1. Women in Construction 2021: On Demand Sessions

More than 500 industry professionals registered for the Women In Construction Virtual Event on International Women’s Day and listened to some of the Canadian construction industry’s top voices discuss issues women still face today in their sectors.

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Women in Construction returns in 2022. Visit women-in-construction.ca for more information.