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Ontario revives possibility of building major new highway on northwest end of Greater Toronto Area

June 20, 2019 by David Kennedy

BRAMPTON, Ont.—Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives have pulled a major Toronto-area highway project quashed by the previous Liberal government from the dustbin, relaunching an environmental assessment (EA) into the potential Greater Toronto Area West Highway Corridor. Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of Transportation,

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Toronto thoroughfare earns ignominious title as worst road in Ontario

May 30, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The voters have spoken… and there’s a new worst road in Ontario. The Canadian Automobile Association released the results of its 2019 Worst Road competition May 30, singling out Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue East for the less than flattering title. CAA

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Pair of four-laning projects in Northern Ontario get $169.2M from feds

May 22, 2019 On-Site Staff

SUDBURY, Ont.—Two construction projects along Ontario’s Highway 69 have got the go-ahead and millions in funding from the federal government. Ottawa said May 21 it will spend $169.2 million on a pair of four-laning projects between Parry Sound and Sudbury,

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SNC-Lavalin cancels sale of Ontario Hwy. 407 stake to OMERS as existing partners battle over stake

May 18, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has cancelled the sale of part of its stake in 407 International Inc. to the OMERS pension plan but will sell the stake to one or both of the other owners of the Ontario toll highway. The

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B.C.-based Emil Anderson Construction wins $85.2M contract to widen 2-km leg of Trans-Canada Highway

May 17, 2019 by David Kennedy

REVELSTOKE, B.C.—Emil Anderson Construction has picked up a $85.2 million contract to four-lane a short but challenging segment of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke, B.C. The Kelowna, B.C.-based contractor will be responsible for widening an approximately two-kilometre stretch of

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Feds putting up $345.4M to extend Autoroute 19, rehabilitate Montreal bridge

May 16, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Three infrastructure jobs, including a major project to extend Quebec Autoroute 19 north of Laval, Que., have secured the backing of the federal government. François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was in the Montreal suburb of Bois-des-Filion May

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Toronto kicks off ‘busiest’ construction season yet with $1 billion in planned projects

May 14, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—Mayor John Tory ushered in Toronto’s ‘busiest-ever’ construction season May 13, unveiling $1 billion in funding for infrastructure projects. The city will funnel $590 million towards rehabilitating transportation infrastructure, such as roadways, bridges and sidewalks. Of that, $200 million has

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Two dead after vehicle crashes into construction equipment on Ontario’s QEW

May 6, 2019 The Canadian Press

OAKVILLE, Ont.—Provincial police say two people have died following a crash on a highway ramp in Oakville, Ont. Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says a vehicle crashed into stationary construction equipment and burst into flames on the Queen Elizabeth Way May 4.

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Aecon consortium wins $639.8M contract to widen 18-km stretch of Hwy. 401 just west of Toronto

April 29, 2019 by David Kennedy

The three-year construction project will expand the busy highway to as wide as 12 lanes between Mississauga and Milton

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Widening project along Trans-Canada in Langley, B.C. gets $235.5M in funding

April 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

LANGLEY, B.C.—A highway widening project in Metro Vancouver will soon get off the ground with $235.5 million in joint funding from Ottawa, British Columbia and the Township of Langley. François-Philippe Champagne the federal minister of Infrastructure and Communities, B.C.’s Premier

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On the Perimeter: Major Winnipeg project brings concrete solution to longstanding bottleneck

April 23, 2019 David Kennedy

Infrastructure rarely ages gracefully. When there isn’t much elegance to the original design, 20 or 30 years can be particularly cruel. The junction of a pair of provincial trunk highways northeast of Winnipeg was just such a case. For years,

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Breaking it down: Crusher evolution prompts contractors to rethink aggregates

April 22, 2019 Jillian Morgan

The steep cost of hauling off and disposing of rubble from job sites, only to purchase and truck in virgin aggregate from far-off quarries, has motivated the construction industry to turn its garbage into gold. Geoffrey Faber, territory manager West

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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

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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

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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