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Permanent repairs coming to Coquihalla Highway

Permanent repairs coming to Coquihalla Highway
PROVINCE OF B.C. — The Province of B.C. has announced plans to begin planning permanent repairs to sections of the Coquihalla Highway that were damaged by heavy rains last year.

HOPE, B.C. –  B.C. is moving forward on permanent repairs to the Coquihalla (Highway 5) after severe damage during a historic rain event last year.

“Our crews worked hard to get the Coquihalla reopened after the severe flooding event and were able to do so in short order about a month after the storm. The pace of reconstruction to get the Coquihalla back open to traffic was impressive and beyond anything we could have imagined,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a statement. “We are excited to move forward on the permanent reconstruction of this key route. We will be making our infrastructure more resilient to climate change and future weather events so it remains reliable, safe and efficient for people and as our key goods movement corridor for now and for years to come.”

The ministry has sent a request for proposals (RFP) to select contractors who qualified through the Highway Reinstatement Program request for qualifications process, asking these companies to participate in the competitive selection process to design and construct permanent repairs at three sites:

  • Bottletop Bridges, 50 kilometres south of Merritt
  • Juliet Bridges, three kilometres south of Bottletop
  • Jessica Bridges, 48 kilometres south of Juliet

The province stated the repairs will restore these sections to the previous full four-lane capacity.

The RFP for the repair project closes in mid-April with the contract expected to be awarded in late April or early May. Construction is expected to begin in summer and be completed by the end of this year.

The ministry added in the coming months it intends to move ahead with plans to repair of the Othello washout area 10 kilometres east of Hope.

A tender package will be prepared and made available for contractors. The ministry stated it is prioritizing repairs to the four Coquihalla sites as a first priority, as they have been operating with temporary repairs following November’s flooding.

The ministry is also working toward making permanent repairs to the other flood-damaged highways in B.C., including Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon and Highway 8 in the Nicola Valley. More information on those projects will be shared in the coming weeks, officials said.


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