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


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May 17, 2019 by David Kennedy

The project covers 42-kilometres east of Revelstoke. PHOTO: Province of B.C.

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 Hwy. 1 from two to four lanes, as well as expanding a brake-check area to fit up to 15 trucks and building in acceleration and deceleration lanes for vehicles using the brake check.

Initially tendered at $62.9 million earlier this year, the province said the budget has increased considerably as a result of the “escalating costs of materials, labour and the complexity of the work required.” Ottawa is contributing $15.5 million to the work, while B.C. is footing the remainder of the bill.

Known officially as the Illecillewaet widening project, the road project relies on the province’s Community Benefits Agreement – the first job along the Trans-Canada to do so.

Construction is scheduled to begin this June and run until spring 2022.


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