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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

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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

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Driving improvement for Alberta’s roads

January 2, 2019 Ron Glen

How would you feel if you read a notice in the elevator you were taking to the 30th floor that said 43 per cent of the cable carrying you was in fair to poor condition? Or the pilot announced that

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LafargeHolcim wins contract for major highway project in Vancouver

December 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—The Canadian arm of multinational construction materials firm LafargeHolcim has won a contract worth more than $100 million to serve as the prime contractor on a major highway project at the northern end of Metro Vancouver. The B.C. government announced

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Nova Scotia to spend $300M to improve roads and bridges in 2019-20

December 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges will get $300 million in upgrades in 2019-20 — a $15 million increase over last year. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says much of the additional funding will go toward twinning portions

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Take a ride through Elon Musk’s oddball underground construction project

December 19, 2018 Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel Dec. 18, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.”

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Alberta backs highway twinning project south of Grande Prairie

December 18, 2018 On-Site Staff

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—A project to twin a 19-kilometre stretch of highway outside Grande Prairie is moving ahead. The provincial government announced support Dec. 14 for a pair of highway projects in the growing city northwest of Edmonton. The larger of

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Canadian construction outlook positive for 2019, but last year’s setbacks could cast a long shadow

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

With no rose-coloured glasses necessary, the outlook for the construction industry in 2019 remains positive, if somewhat tepid. Near-record employment, six-straight quarters of higher spending in the non-residential segment and progress on several major projects have bolstered confidence this fall

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Toronto construction company fined $325K after worker fatally pinned by steel casing

October 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A Toronto-based heavy civil construction company was fined $325,000 after a worker was killed by a runaway steel casing on a road reconstruction site in Markham, Ont. Coco Paving Inc. was handed the fine in Newmarket court Oct. 15. The

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N.L. hands out $2.2M in contracts for road construction projects on the Avalon

October 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CARBONEAR, N.L.—Just a month after inking a $555 million infrastructure deal with Ottawa, Newfoundland and Labrador announced it awarded two contracts totaling $2.2 million for road construction projects on the Avalon Peninsula. Mj Hickey Ltd. won an $800,000 to construct