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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

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Work begins as part of long term plan to remove red lights from Winnipeg highway

October 16, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Work is set to start on a plan that could eventually see all traffic lights removed from the South Perimeter highway around Winnipeg. Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says over the next three years, 23 smaller intersections along the road

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Surrey, B.C. contractor awarded contract for $28M road expansion in Abbotsford

October 4, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Construction is underway on a $27.5 million project to widen Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford, B.C. Key-West Asphalt, based in Surrey, B.C., was awarded the $12.49 million contract to expand the road, which offers a direct link to the

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Florence’s deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure

September 19, 2018 Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. The devastating 2015 floods contributed to 19 deaths and crippled parts of the capital city, Columbia, for months. The state’s infrastructure, weakened

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$315.9M Winnipeg road renewal project receives federal, provincial funding

September 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

  WINNIPEG—A $100 million federal contribution has paved the way for significant repairs to Winnipeg’s regional road network. Totaling $315.9 million, the project will see 49 segments of roadway rehabilitated across the city, including sidewalk repairs and drainage improvements. At $18

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B.C. applying high-friction surface treatment to 14 accident-prone stretches of road

September 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

NORTH VANCOUVER—The B.C. Ministry of Transportation is investing $3.9 million in a project to put vehicles on surer footing along more than a dozen high-risk stretches of pavement across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The province said Sept. 5

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Canadian roads would stretch to the Moon and back… nearly

August 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Cobble together all of Canada’s highways, arterials, local roads and laneways and they could take you to the Moon—though they’d fall just short of getting you back, assuming you couldn’t backtrack along the same, equally implausible strip of asphalt. Publicly-owned

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Infrastructure Report 2018: Canada’s spending plan starts hitting its stride

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

It may have been a little slow off the proverbial mark, but the federal government’s $180 billion infrastructure plan is now off and running. As of August 2018, the federal government has approved funding for thousands of projects across the

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Closing the loop: Builders of Calgary ring road moving rivers to stay on schedule

August 9, 2018 Saul Chernos

Calgary’s new ring road is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged loop. Northeast and northwest sections opened to motorists wanting to bypass the city in 2009, and a southeast section was added four years later. If all goes

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Alberta overhauls tender process for highway maintenance work, but dismisses roadbuilder challenge

August 9, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said the province is committed to public tendering on highway maintenance contracts “despite what some companies might say.” Mason announced a new evaluation model for bids on those contracts that will put more emphasis on

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Quebec breaks ground on $291M project to widen Henri-IV Highway

August 8, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

QUEBEC CITY—A “major artery” of Quebec City’s road network is undergoing a $291 million facelift. The project to widen and repair Henri-IV Highway from Charest Highway to Chauveau Avenue broke ground August 8 in the province’s Capital Region. Ottawa has

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Vancouver contractor wins $2.6M contract to upgrade B.C.’s Sunshine Coast highway

August 8, 2018 by David Kennedy

POWELL RIVER, B.C.—North Vancouver contractor B.A. Blacktop Ltd. has won a $2.6 million contract to widen and resurface a segment of British Columbia’s Highway 101. The province says the project will realign, resurface and widen a one-kilometre stretch of the

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SNC-Lavalin looking to sell some of its stake in Toronto’s Hwy. 407 toll road

August 7, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it is looking to sell a portion of its investment in the Highway 407 toll highway outside of Toronto that analysts estimate could fetch more than $2 billion. The Montreal-based engineering and construction firm said last