The contractors behind some of British Columbia’s most innovative and important transportation and infrastructure projects were recognized at the Deputy Minister’s Contractor of the Year Awards ceremony at the Victoria Conference Centre on Dec. 7, 2018.
The categories for this year’s awards included road and bridge maintenance, community service, workplace health and safety, paving, grading and bridge and structures.
Road and bridge maintenance
Mainroad Lower Mainland Contracting LP is this year’s Award of Excellence winner for its exceptional work for Service Area 06 (Lower Mainland). The service area includes 449 total kilometres and includes 311 structures, making it one of the busiest locations to service in the province. In addition to delivering quality service, the company developed an award-winning high-speed traffic control training program, designed to promote safety while working in high-speed traffic areas.
JPW Road and Bridge Inc. is this year’s winner for its dedication to community service. The company’s commitment to helping communities was recently highlighted by instituting 7.5 hours of paid leave, per employee, per year to assist in local volunteer efforts.
Workplace health and safety
VSA Highway Maintenance Ltd. was awarded this year’s honour for workplace health and safety. Its initiative to analyze and study third-party incidents with plow trucks resulted in a significant drop in accidents and contributed to no workdays lost this past year due to third-party accidents.
The top honour for paving in British Columbia was given to Peter Bros Construction Ltd. for its work on the Highway 97 CN railway tracks to Kiskatinaw Bridge project near Dawson Creek. The 68-kilometre project was delivered on budget and on time, and included incorporating 20% recycled asphalt.
IDL Projects Inc. was presented the top award for grading for the Highway 16/Bunce Road to Blackwater Road four-laning project near Prince George. The work demanded a high degree of accuracy due to existing underground utilities and took place in one of the busiest corridors in the northern region of the province.
Bridge and structures
The award of excellence for bridge and structures in 2018 went to Tybo Contracting Ltd. for its work on the Rosedale Overhead No. 1414 deck widening and seismic-safety retrofit. The project required extensive traffic control for nine months. The team worked closely with the Cheam First Nation to identify local traffic concerns and work toward implementing solutions.