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Alberta spending $478M to add lanes, upgrade interchanges on busy Deerfoot Trail

March 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Upgrades are coming to a stretch of Alberta Highway 2 that winds alongside the Bow River through the heart of Calgary. The province said March 14 it has set aside $478 million to add more lanes to 21 kilometres of

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Shovels expected in the ground this year on project to build new bridge, twin Hwy. 15 northeast of Edmonton

March 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—A project to twin a stretch of Alberta Highway 15 and build a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River northeast of Edmonton is expected to start this spring. The province says traffic crossing the current two-lane Highway 15 bridge

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Aecon, EllisDon and Flatiron win major contracts for work on Calgary’s ring road

March 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—The long-running project to encircle Alberta’s largest city with a high-volume bypass has entered its final leg. The province said March 5 that it has finalized two contracts with three construction companies that will nearly wrap-up work on the 101-kilometre

News FinancingRoads

Planning underway for $1B road into mineral-rich region of Northwest Territories

March 5, 2019 Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Northern leaders are cheering a federal funding announcement for a long-awaited all-weather road into the heart of Canada’s mineral-rich Arctic. “This is a significant first step,” said Wally Schumann, minister of industry and infrastructure in the Northwest Territories. The $5.1

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$54.2M project to twin Ray Gibbon Drive in St. Albert, Alta. gets go-ahead after cost sharing deal

February 28, 2019 On-Site Staff

EDMONTON—The Alberta government and a city northwest of Edmonton have struck a cost sharing agreement for an eight-kilometre twinning project. The province and St. Albert, Alta. finalized plans Feb. 25 to twin Ray Gibbon Drive, which is currently a busy

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Feds commit $86.5M to build Halifax high speed bypass

February 25, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

HALIFAX—The federal government is injecting $86.5 million to extend a gridlock-prone stretch of highway in Halifax.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the city Feb. 21 to announce the funding for the Sackville-Bedford-Burnside Connector, which will stretch Highway 107 beyond

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Kiewit-led group wins $411.8M contract to build new all-season highway in Northwest Territories

February 21, 2019 by David Kennedy

YELLOWKNIFE—Work is moving ahead on a major roadbuilding project in Northwest Territories. The N.W.T. government signed an agreement Feb. 14 that will spur construction on a 97-kilometre route that will link the remote First Nations community of Whati with the

Article ConstructionRoads

The road north: Building through the most inhospitable terrain and harshest conditions Canada has to offer

February 21, 2019 Saul Chernos

Frequent blizzards and blistering cold. Unreliable access to basic materials. Cellphone service lost in seemingly endless tundra. Conditions like these might seem like a nightmare to roadbuilders in Canada’s more temperate climes, where the occasional blast of Arctic air can

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Feds, Manitoba ink deal to pour $291.4M into eight highway repaving and upgrade projects

February 15, 2019 On-Site Staff

HEADINGLEY, Man.—Repaving projects on several Manitoba highways and a series of other roadwork upgrades across the province are set to get underway. The provincial and federal governments struck a deal Feb. 13 to spend $147 million and $144 million, respectively,

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B.C. tenders $62.9M Trans-Canada Highway widening project

February 14, 2019 On-Site Staff

REVELSTOKE, B.C.—A costly project to widen a short segment of the Trans-Canada Highway outside Revelstoke, B.C. has gone to tender. The province said Feb. 11 it is awaiting bids for a $62.9 million contract to widen a two-kilometre stretch of

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B.C. shortlists three bid teams for major Vancouver-area interchange project

February 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

DELTA, B.C.—A significant highway upgrade project involving an interchange in Metro Vancouver is down to a trio of bidders. The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said Feb. 8 it has picked three construction consortia to submit bids for the

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Nova Scotia Highway 104 twinning project gets environmental nod from province

January 31, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The environmental assessment of a plan to twin a deadly 38-kilometre stretch of Nova Scotia’s Highway 104 has been approved by the province’s environment minister. In a decision released Jan. 29, Margaret Miller says she’s satisfied any adverse or significant

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A new Canadian city flirts with the dream: heated downtown sidewalks

January 30, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—A winter-weary city councillor in St. John’s, N.L. is hoping to resurrect an idea that has been tried, tested and mostly abandoned in other Canadian cities: heated sidewalks. Sandy Hickman has asked city engineers to look at heating

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Alberta commits $33M in funding to construct Leduc interchange

January 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LEDUC, Alta.—The Alberta government has chipped in $33 million to kick start construction of a long-awaited overpass that will connect the City of Leduc, Alta. with the Edmonton International Airport Premier Rachel Notley announced the funding to build an interchange

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Alberta unveils first construction project under $1.6B plan to upgrade heavy load road network

January 21, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

ACHESON, Alta.—Weeks after the heaviest-ever splitter began its four-day journey across Alberta’s roads, the province unveiled the first construction project under its $1.6 billion plan to upgrade its High Load Corridor — a network of highways designed to withstand huge

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Canada’s Arctic infrastructure must be fortified against climate change, study says

January 18, 2019 Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

The analysis shows vital infrastructure to the northern coast is under threat as temperatures rise and the permafrost supporting roads retreats

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Maintenance isn’t ‘sexy’: Underfunding, bad repairs, cited for why Canadian roads are breaking down

January 14, 2019 The Canadian Press

Across the country there’s a disconnect between constructing new infrastructure and keeping what we have in working order, one researcher says

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Commuters brace for dreaded ‘Seattle squeeze’ as construction crews demolish city’s waterfront viaduct

January 9, 2019 Lisa Baumann, The Associated Press

The West Coast city has spent years digging a tunnel to replace an aging double-decker highway. The final drive to complete the project is expected to bring three weeks of mayhem

News Roads

After Humboldt: What is being done to reduce risks on Canadian roads?

January 9, 2019 Ahmed Shalaby

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. The Humboldt Broncos bus crash last April caused 16 fatalities and

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Alberta plots future road upgrades as heaviest-ever load snakes out of Edmonton en route to petrochemical site

January 8, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—The heaviest piece of equipment to ever move across Alberta’s road network has begun a four-day journey from a fabrication plant in Edmonton to the site of a new petrochemical facility a few dozen kilometres away. The 96-metre propylene-propane splitter