CHASE, B.C. — Dawson Civil Limited has been awarded a $25.9-million contract to expand the Trans-Canada Highway near the Village of Chase, B.C. from two to four lanes.
The contract for the 3.3-kilometre Chase Creek Road to Chase West project will prioritize hiring local workers through a Community Benefits Agreement.
“I’m happy to announce this project has been awarded to a local firm and construction will begin this summer,” said Claire Trevena, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a statement. “Now is the right time to build infrastructure that hires local workers and improves our communities who are struggling with the impacts of COVID-19.”
The section of Highway 1 will be widened to four lanes with a centre median barrier to increase safety. The project also includes:
- at-grade protected T-intersections with lighting at both Chase Creek Road and Shuswap Avenue;
- a grade-separated pedestrian crossing and multiuse pathway to link the Neskonlith Indian Band and the Village of Chase communities;
- a cattle underpass to comply with Agricultural Land Commission requirements;
- and conversion of the existing highway to frontage road to consolidate access.
“This project will help diversify and grow B.C.’s skilled workforce,” Trevena said. “Apprentices will also get the opportunity to work onsite and gain the experience they need to launch life-long careers.”
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is working closely with all contractors and WorkSafeBC to ensure health and safety are maintained for all workers onsite.
According to the province, under the Community Benefits Agreement, the project will prioritize hiring local workers, Indigenous people, women, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups who are qualified to do the work. Additionally, this project will provide opportunities for Red Seal apprentices to work onsite.