This was a busy year for projects in the province’s southern interior. We built bridges, widened highways, paved roads and made travel safer, regardless of how you get around. Here’s a quick recap of some of the recent highlights:
Highway 20 Chilcotin Bridge
Neel-co Builders Ltd. were busy resurfacing the Chilcotin Bridge on Highway 20. The new surface will keep out moisture and prevent deterioration, extending the bridge’s service life and providing drivers with a better ride to boot.
Castlegar Safety Improvements
Highway 22 (also known as Columbia Avenue) in Castlegar saw drainage and safety improvements. The ministry is pleased to have cost-shared this project, which was led by the City of Castlegar.
Osoyoos – Highway 97 Improvements
Thanks to the great work of Cantex-Okanagan Construction Ltd., BD Hall Constructors Corp. and High County Flagging Services Ltd. Highway 97, north of Osoyoos, has two kilometres of new passing lanes, providing motorists with more passing opportunities, reducing congestion and increasing safety.
New Denver Improvements
Crews were busy along Highway 6 near New Denver, as Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. worked to reduce a sharp curve in the road and add new asphalt to improve sight lines and safety.
The Loop Bridge
Ten km east of Sparwood on Highway 3 is the site of demolition as the Great Circle Construction Company Ltd. works on replacing the Loop Bridge. The old bridge was narrow and had reached the end of its service life. Replacing it will allow us to improve the approaches to the bridge, reduce travel times and increase the reliability of the route.
Hot-in-Place Paving of Highway 3A
Green Roads Recycling paved Highway 3A from Nelson Bridge to Kokanee Creek Bridge using hot-in-place recycling. Line painting of the 18-kilometre stretch was completed in mid August, to finish off the job.
Located 10 kilometeres west of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway is the Clanwilliam Bridge. Arthon Contractors Inc. will be replacing the old structure with a new bridge, which is expected to be completed by the end of next year. We’ll be improving the road near the bridge, too. The new crossing will help support the development of the corridor as a vital link for International trade and increase capacity for future growth.
Cariboo Asphalt Resurfacing
Nearly 50 kilometres of resurfacing were done by Dawson Construction in the Cariboo area this year, making travel safer and easier for travellers in the area. Some of the sites included:
- Beaver Lake Road & Gibralter Mine Road
- Likely Road
- Maze Lake & Keldon Roads
Hilltop to Balmoral
Brentwood Enterprises L.P. has been working on the Trans-Canada Highway just a short drive north of Salmon Arm. The road is being upgraded from two and three lanes to four, making the trip between Sorrento and Salmon Arm faster and safer.
Highway 93/95 Resurfacing
Crews from Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. worked to resurface about 11 km of highway near Wasa. The new road surface will not only increase safety, but it’ll also cut down on future maintenance costs.
Highway 97: Winfield to Oyama
Windley Contracting Ltd. will be working over the next few years to upgrade Highway 97 to four lanes between Winfield and Oyama in the District Of Lake Country, B.C. This will remove the last two lane section of Highway 97 between Westbank and Vernon, making for a safer, more reliable route.
Fairmont Bridge Pedestrian Bridge Construction
Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting Ltd. helped make the Fairmont Bridge near Fairmont Hot Springs safer for walkers by adding a pedestrian crossing over the Columbia River
Paving Near Gold Bridge
About 4.5 kilometres of Road 40 (also known as Lillooet-Pioneer Road 40) near Gold Bridge, were paved by Dawson Construction Ltd., which is good news for hikers, hunters, fishers, snowmobilers and backcountry adventurers.
Revelstoke Pedestrian Crossing
Pedestrians in Revelstoke can get around a little easier thanks to Westcana Electrical Inc. The crossing at the Trans-Canada Highway and Victoria St. was upgraded. With a countdown timer to let pedestrians know how many seconds they have to reach the other side of the road before the light changes.