Bids in for Halfway River bridge replacement

Builders estimate it will cost between $104 million to $134 million to rebuild the Halfway River bridge.

A new bridge is needed to make way for the Site C hydroelectric reservoir, expected to start filling as early as 2023.

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Seven contractors and joint ventures based in B.C. and Alberta submitted bids for the work, which includes a new 1042-metre bridge to cross the Halfway River at its confluence with the Peace River:

  • PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. (Richmond) - $134,275,613.00

  • Ledcor CMI Ltd. (Edmonton) - $131,281,266.89

  • Gateway Infrastructure Group (New Westminster) - $128,036,625.26

  • Flatiron-Aecon JV (Richmond) - $122,438,374.15

  • Surespan Construction (North Vancouver) - $117,774,865.07

  • Pennecon Heavy Civil Ltd & Jim Dent Const. Ltd JV (Nisku, Alta.) - $114,899,000

  • Eiffage-Infracon Halfway River JV (Nisku, Alta.) - $104,569,326.00

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says it's currently reviewing the bids. A construction start date will be confirmed following a successful contract award.

The Site C reservoir will flood 100-plus kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries from Fort St. John to the Peace Canyon Dam at Hudson's Hope. The project requires 32 kilometres of Highway 29 to be realigned and four bridges to be replaced, chief among them the bridge at Halfway River.

There is the need for three other new bridges along the 90-kilometre stretch of Highway 29: a 580-metre-long bridge at Cache Creek/Bear Flat; a 170-metre bridge at Farrell Creek; and a 160-metre bridge at Lynx Creek. Other causeway crossings will also be required at both Farrell and Lynx Creek.

Meanwhile, thirteen bids were received for embankment work at Cache Creek east, including five from Northern B.C. contractors:

  • Golden Base Contracting Ltd (Fort St. John) - $18,197,013.04

  • JJM Construction Ltd. (Delta) - $14,187,000.00

  • MasTec Canada Inc. (Calgary, Alta.) - $13,894,320.00

  • Jakes Construction Ltd. (Chilliwack) - $10,800,000.00

  • IDL Projects Inc (Prince George) - $10,232,654.00

  • Enviro-Ex Contracting Ltd (Prince George) - $10,158,900.00

  • Belvedere Place Development Ltd. (Kelowna) - $10,134,552.00

  • North Country Maintenance Inc. (Fort Nelson) - $11,463,252.00

  • Eagle Rock Construction Ltd. (Kamloops) - $9,594,361.00

  • Jacob Bros. Construction Inc. (Surrey) - $9,474,000.00

  • Timbro Contracting (Agassiz) - $8,222,589.40

  • Acres Enterprises Ltd. (Kamloops) - $7,720,600.00

  • Brocor Construction Ltd. (Dawson Creek) - $7,518,249.75

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