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TCH improvement coming to Shuswap region


March 3, 2016
By Andrew Macklin

March 3, 2016 – A $3.34-million contract has been awarded to Green Roads Recycling of Fernie to resurface two sections of highway east of Chase. This work will use innovative made-in-B.C. hot-in-place paving technology that produces 50 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions as it reuses and recycles existing pavement material.

“This will be another busy highway construction season in B.C., as we invest in improvements to our transportation network,” said transportation and infrastructure minister Todd Stone. “These improvements will use our very own hot-in-place paving technology along the Trans-Canada Highway near Chase and Squilax-Anglemont Road providing a much-needed makeover for those travelling to and through the Shuswap area.”

A 14-kilometre section of Trans-Canada Highway from Chase Creek Bridge east to Cruikshank Point, and approximately 18 kilometres of Squilax-Anglemont Road from the north end of Squilax Bridge to the entrance to Scotch Creek Provincial Park will be resurfaced.

“The spring thaw was particularly hard on these sections of highway this year, so it’s important we address the remediation as quickly as possible,” said Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo. “With an early start, work can be completed before the busy summer travel season.”

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This made-in-B.C. hot-in-place technology produces 50 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional paving, as it reuses and recycles the existing asphalt material right on the project site. Since 1986, B.C. has used this technology to rehabilitate pavement by treating the top 55 mm of asphalt resulting in a smoother, safer ride.

Work will begin this spring, with the both paving projects scheduled to be completed by the end of June. The resurfacing work on Trans-Canada Highway will result in single lane traffic, and motorists should check DriveBC for details.