FORT NELSON, B.C. — The Government of Canada has awarded a contract for remediation work on the Alaska Highway in the Peterson Creek area to Industra-Liard Construction Ltd. of Surrey, B.C.
Industra-Liard will clean an abandoned portion of the old highway route and remove non-functioning infrastructure such as road signs, guiderails, bridges and culverts. This infrastructure is no longer safe for the public and is preventing passage of fish in a nearby creek. Five bridges and over 20 culverts will be removed.
“Through this project, our government is making the Alaska Highway safer for the community while protecting the environment. The contract demonstrates our commitment to working with communities to create jobs and strengthen the local economy,” said federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough in a statement.
The contract is valued at $2.27 million and is the result of a tendering process in December 2018. It will employ a local labour force and Aboriginal companies, and procurement was done through an Aboriginal set-aside under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business, which is intended to increase federal contracting opportunities and to gain access to the overall federal procurement process for Aboriginal businesses.
Work is scheduled to begin this winter and is scheduled for completion in spring 2019.