The Alaska Highway
Improvements and realignments from kilometres 743 to 750
PSPC awarded a $13.8-million contract to Cobalt Construction Inc., of Whitehorse, Yukon, to improve this section of the highway. The work started on April 1, 2016, and is scheduled to be completed by October 30, 2016.
The project involves:
- grinding the existing bituminous surface treatment pavement and applying asphalt
- planting seeds (hydroseeding) to restore the section of highway to the condition it was in before construction
Culvert replacement at kilometre 595
PSPC awarded a $1.3-million contract to Peace Country Oilfield Contractors Ltd., of Fort Nelson, British Columbia (B.C.), to replace the culvert. The work started on June 1, 2016, and is scheduled to be completed by September 1, 2016.
Asphalt conversion from kilometres 205 to 229
PSPC awarded a $10.9-million contract to Peter's Bros. Construction Ltd., of Penticton, B.C., to resurface kilometres 205 to 229 of the highway. The work started on June 15, 2016, and is scheduled to be completed by September 15, 2016.
The project involves:
- converting the pavement from bituminous surface treatment, which is used mainly on low-traffic roads, to asphalt
- replacing the existing pavement with stronger, more durable asphalt pavement to make the road safer and better suited for heavier traffic
The new asphalt road will not require as many repairs, which will mean lower costs for taxpayers and fewer disruptions for the people who use the road.
Reconstruction from kilometres 555 to 571
PSPC awarded a $9.7-million contract to P.S. Sidhu Trucking Ltd., of Whitehorse, Yukon, for the two-year reconstruction project.
- The work on kilometres 563.1 to 570.2 started on April 11, 2014, and was completed on October 15, 2014
- The work on kilometres 555.64 to 560.78 started on June 1, 2015, and, due to unexpected weather events at kilometres 559 and 400, the project is scheduled to be completed by July 15, 2016
About the Alaska Highway
The Alaska Highway stretches 2,450 kilometres across northern B.C. and southern Yukon into Alaska. It was originally constructed in 1943 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to ensure land access to Alaska from the lower 48 states during the Second World War. About 80% (1,900 kilometres) of the highway is actually in Canada, with the starting point (“kilometre 0”) in Dawson Creek, B.C.
The PSPC section extends from kilometre 133, north of Fort St. John, B.C., to kilometre 968, at the B.C./Yukon border. The Government of B.C. is responsible for the first section (kilometres 0 to 133), while the Government of Yukon is responsible for the rest of the Canadian portion.
On average, PSPC invests $35 million in maintenance and capital work on the Alaska Highway annually. This investment is part of an ongoing program to ensure the highway is well-maintained and safe for travellers.
Contact the Real Property Branch for more information.
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