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FORT NELSON, BC, Feb. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Public Services and Procurement Canada is committed to maintaining the integrity of its infrastructure to ensure the safety of Canadians.
Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced the awarding of a contract to Industra-Liard Construction Ltd. of Surrey, British Columbia, following an open, fair and transparent bidding process, for remediation work on the Alaska Highway in the area of Peterson Creek, British Columbia. Through the contract, Industra-Liard Construction Ltd. will clean an abandoned portion of the old highway's route and will remove non-functional infrastructure, such as culverts, road signs, guiderails and bridges, that is no longer safe for the public and also prevents passage of fish in a nearby creek. This project will employ the local labour force and Aboriginal companies, as the procurement was done through an Aboriginal set-aside under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business.
"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."
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
- The Alaska Highway stretches 2,450 kilometres across northern British Columbia and southern Yukon into Alaska.
- The contract is valued at $2.27 million (excluding applicable taxes) and is the result of a competitive tendering process initiated in December 2018. It includes the removal of 5 bridges and over 20 culverts, the stabilization of the road, and work to improve drainage at Peterson Creek. This will prevent potential safety and environment issues.
- The work will start this winter and is scheduled to be completed in spring 2019.
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For further information: Ashley Michnowski, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, 819-997-5421; Media Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada, 819-420-5501, [email protected]