Alaska Highway to see significant safety upgrades

Hugh Smith


The Alaska Highway will be seeing some upgrades, thanks to funding from the federal government.

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility announced four contracts - worth a total of $23.1 million - for maintenance along the highway to make it more reliable and safer. The work will be to convert a 33 kilometre portion of the road from bituminous material to asphalt, replacing a culvert in the Townsend Creek area, safety improvements to the Wonowon intersection, and building a new salt shed in Wonowon. The government says the work will lead to safer road conditions, and lower environmental impacts on wildlife.

"Our government recognizes the importance of a safe, modern and reliable road infrastructure for the economic prosperity of the northern part of this region," Qualtrough said in a statement. "The completion of these projects along the Alaska Highway highlights our commitment to providing safe infrastructure to Canadians."

The contract for safety improvements in the Wonowon intersection area was awarded to DGS Astro Paving of Fort St John, BC. A contract to replace the existing Wonowon salt shed has been awarded to Vertical Building Solutions Inc. of Grande Prairie, Alberta, the contract for the replacement of the Townsend Creek culvert was awarded to Industra Construction Corp. of Coquitlam, BC, and the conversion from bituminous surface treatment to asphalt contract, was awarded to Allied Paving Co Ltd. of Lamont, Alberta.

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