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 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.