Permanent repairs to flood-damaged sections of the Coquihalla (Highway 5) and Highway 1 will soon be underway, protecting the safe movement of people and goods in British Columbia.
The contract for development and early construction work on sections of the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt has been awarded to KEA5, a joint venture between Peter Kiewit & Sons and Emil Anderson Construction.
The work to return the Coquihalla to the previous full, four-lane capacity will begin this summer and take place at three sites:
Bottletop Bridges, 50 kilometres south of Merritt;
Juliet Bridges, three kilometres south of Bottletop; and
Jessica Bridges, 48 kilometres south of Juliet.
Work is expected to be substantially complete this winter. All efforts will be made to minimize traffic disruptions during peak travel hours, and crews will work overnight when possible.
The project will be completed through a collaborative construction model where the owner and contractor work together to complete the design and construction of the project, including sharing risks and incentives.
The ministry has also issued a request for proposals (RFP) for damaged sections along Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon. The RFP for the repair project will close Sept. 14, 2022, with the contract awarded shortly after.