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Contractors chosen for final $601M phase of Kicking Horse Canyon project in B.C.

September 21, 2020   By On-Site Staff

Phase 4 will be the culmination of more than 15 years of construction on the highway. PHOTO: Province of B.C.

The British Columbia government has picked a preferred proponent for the fourth and final phase of a challenging highway widening project in the Rocky Mountains.

Transportation Investment Corp., the government entity overseeing the project, selected the Kicking Horse Canyon Constructors Sept. 18. Pending final contrat negotiations, the build team, consisting of Aecon Group Inc., Parsons Inc. and Emil Anderson Construction, will start work on the project later this fall.

Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project covers widening work on 4.8 kilometres on the Trans-Canada Highway, just east of Golden, B.C. It will transform what’s currently a winding two-lane road into a modern, four-lane highway, and is the culmination of about 15 years of work on the scenic, but technically challenging route, just west of Yoho and Banff national parks.

Procurement for the project started last fall and the province shortlisted three teams to prepare bids for the work last December.

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A design-build project, Phase 4 includes avalanche and rock fall protection along the route in addition to the new lanes.

Early work is scheduled to start this fall with geotechnical investigations and preliminary clearing. B.C. also anticipates finalizing the contract with the consortium before year’s end.

The roadbuilding project is scheduled to reach substantial completion by winter 2023-2024.


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