A section of the Coquihalla Highway that was washed away last fall will soon undergo permanent repairs.
On Thursday, the provincial government announced that a $4.6 million repair contract for the Othello section of the highway had been awarded to Emil Anderson Construction and the Chawathil First Nation.
The joint venture to repair the section is expected to begin in early August and is expected to be completed in the fall. The section is located about three kilometers north of the junction of highways 3 and 5.
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About 460 meters of the southbound lanes were washed away. These will be replaced, along with expanded culverts, widening of shoulders, and reinstatement of roadside barriers and weirs.
“This marks another important step in our recovery from the river weather events that severely damaged our highway infrastructure last fall,” said Rob Fleming, BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
“We are working quickly to rebuild permanent infrastructure to a better, more climate-resilient standard that will protect the movement of people and goods through our province.
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Fleming noted that he was pleased that the Chawathil First Nation was involved in the joint venture.
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“We are proud to be part of this project with Emil Anderson,” said Chawathil First Nation Chief Rhoda Peters. “Participating in the work that is developing in our traditional territory shows that we are moving business forward for Chawathil.
“So many highways, railroads, pipelines and power lines run through our lands without agreement from our leaders. Today, our nation is able to sit at the table and work together as the future unfolds at a rapid pace before us.
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The Coquihalla suffered catastrophic damage following heavy rain last November. In total, flooding and washouts damaged more than 20 sites along 130 kilometers of the highway between Hope and Merritt. The damage included seven bridges, some of which collapsed.
The province says every effort will be made to minimize traffic disruption during peak hours, but delays are expected throughout the construction of all freeway rehabilitation projects.
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