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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 [...]

Manitoba scraps $1 billion in healthcare infrastructure projects

Posted on February 9, 2017
The Government of Manitoba has cancelled plans to move forward with more than $1 billion worth of health care infrastructure projects for the province, citing financial constraints. According to a CBC News report, the list of projects includes the $300 million earmarked for a new facility for CancerCare Manitoba, as well as several clinics and wellness centres. Rather than progress with these projects, the province will focus its spend on urgent healthcare infrastructure projects. The announcement comes as the province received the Provincial Clinical [...]

Work begins on $680-million Chinook Power Station

Posted on February 6, 2017
Work on SaskPower’s newest addition to its generation fleet, Chinook Power Station, has begun. Site work started in January on the 350 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant near Swift Current. “We know that the people of Saskatchewan deserve and expect reliable power, and demand for that power continues to grow,” said Premier Brad Wall. “The construction of Chinook Power Station is one way to ensure that our province has the power it needs today and well into the future. Once complete, Chinook will be capable of generating enough power for [...]

DND awards contract for the demolition of "B" Jetty

Posted on February 6, 2017
The Department of National Defence has awarded a $55.45 million contract to Pomerleau Inc. from Surrey, B.C., for the demolition of the existing “B” Jetty at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt and preparing the site for future rebuilding work. The existing jetties, “A” and “B”, were originally designed for ships that were smaller and lighter than today’s modern Canadian Patrol Frigates. As such, they are not long enough or deep enough to accommodate modern ships. “This major infrastructure project has reached another important [...]

B.C. construction workforce poised for significant growth

Posted on February 3, 2017
The ramp-up of major projects in B.C., from proposed transportation, pipeline, and LNG projects to highway and bridgework will bolster the province’s construction workforce by 24 per cent, or almost 17,000 workers over the next five years, according to the latest labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada. “It’s potentially the most rapid rise we’ve seen in B.C.’s construction workforce in the past decade,” said Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada. “The pace and magnitude of many of these proposed projects will [...]
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