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$245 million announced for Delta, Surrey infrastructure

Posted on March 13, 2017
The governments of Canada and B.C., along with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Tsawwassen First Nation, have announced an agreement to jointly fund a series of road and highway improvements in the Delta and Surrey regions of the province. The estimated total cost is $245,176,671. The Government of Canada is contributing $81,671,139, the Government of B.C. is contributing approximately $80,000,000, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is contributing approximately $80,000,000 and the Tsawwassen First Nation is contributing $3,505,533. This [...]

Canada, B.C. announce funding for 26 infrastructure projects

Posted on March 13, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced joint funding of over $87 million for 26 new infrastructure projects in 26 communities throughout the province. These investments cover a wide range of community infrastructure projects including green energy systems, solid waste management, drinking water, wastewater management, highways, roads, bridges, disaster mitigation, regional airport improvements and broadband access. For example, in Pitt Meadows funding will go towards replacing the aging Pitt Polder pump station with a new, more efficient [...]

Meikle Wind Energy Project completed

Posted on March 6, 2017
The 184-MW Meikle Wind Energy Project, located between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd in British Columbia, has reached substantial completion. According to an article from Clean Technology Business Review, the new wind facility, developed by Pattern Energy, now represents the largest of its kind in B.C. The $456 million project, #88 on the 2017 Top100 Projects list, uses 61 wind turbines to create enough power for approximately 54,000 homes. The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement in place with BC Hydro. For details about the project team [...]

$100 Million spent preparing for Green Line LRT

Posted on February 28, 2017
Officials at the City of Calgary have confirmed that approximately $100 million has already been spent in preparation of the Green Line LRT. According to an article from the CBC, the initial investment has focused on land acquisition and pre-design work associated with the new light rail transit system. The proposed $4.5 billion project, #11 on the 2017 Top100 Projects report, already has $3 billion in funding committed by the federal and municipal governments. However, the province has yet to determine what funding it will provide. In April of 2016 [...]

Tension crack appears at Site C worksite

Posted on February 27, 2017
A 400-metre long tension crack has appeared on a slope near a road construction site as part of the Site C Clean Energy Project. According to a BC Hydro information bulletin regarding the appearance of the crack: “Tension cracks are not unexpected in this area; however, this particular crack requires attention due to its significant 400-metre length. BC Hydro and its contractor have installed instruments to measure and monitor stability around the tension crack. The project's independent engineer and technical experts in slope stability are [...]

Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel now in service

Posted on February 22, 2017
After almost six years of construction, Metro Vancouver’s $240-million Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is now delivering clean, safe drinking water to residents south of the Fraser River. The Port Mann connection is one of the key links between Metro Vancouver’s watersheds and the communities south of the Fraser. Replacing this crossing was the first in a series of major water transmission system upgrades throughout the region. Located more than 30 metres under the Fraser River bed, the new tunnel more than doubles the capacity of the old water main [...]

Tender issued for Mountain Highway Interchange construction

Posted on February 17, 2017
The Government of B.C. has issued a tender for the new Mountain Highway Interchange along Highway 1 through the Lower Lynn Corridor, just north of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. “This interchange upgrade, combined with the District of North Vancouver’s $14 million Keith Bridge and Keith Road expansion, will improve safety and start to reduce travel times at one of the Lower Mainland’s worst traffic bottlenecks,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. This $36-million tender package involves building a [...]

Royal Columbian Hospital addition to cost $200 million

Posted on February 15, 2017
Bird Construction Inc. has announced that it has executed a contract with Fraser Health through Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. to design and build a new mental health facility and energy centre at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. This news follows successful negotiations with Fraser Health after being named preferred proponent in late December 2016. The contract, valued at approximately $200 million, will commence construction in early 2017 and be completed in winter 2019. This new 75-bed mental health and substance use centre will [...]

AUC approves Fort McMurray West Transmission Project

Posted on February 14, 2017
The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has approved the proposed Fort McMurray West Transmission Project. In its 353-page decision, AUC approved the 500-kilometre transmission project that will improve the power supply to northeastern Alberta. The project includes a 500-kV AC single-circuit transmission line from the Thickwoods Hills area west of Fort McMurray to the Livock 939S substation, and a second 500-kV AC single-circuit transmission line from the Livock substation to the 510S Sunnybrook substation west of Edmonton. The 353-page decision, Decision [...]

EA certificate granted for Massey Tunnel Replacement project

Posted on February 13, 2017
An Environmental Assessment Certificate has been issued to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement project. The project includes: building a new 10-lane, clear span bridge over the South Arm of the Fraser River; replacing the Westminster Highway, Steveston Highway and Highway 17A interchanges; widening Highway 99 between Bridgeport Road in Richmond and Highway 91 in Delta to accommodate dedicated transit/High Occupancy Vehicle lanes; and decommissioning the George Massey Tunnel. The decision [...]
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