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George Massey Tunnel replacement construction officially underway

Date Posted: 2017-04-06 | Source: Government of British Columbia

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson and other dignitaries were on hand today to officially kick off construction on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

“After four years of consultation with First Nations, municipal and regional governments, and a tremendous amount of technical work, construction is underway on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, which includes replacing the seismically vulnerable tunnel with a safe, modern bridge,” said Stone. “These site preparation contracts represent the first work on the Massey replacement, which will generate approximately 9,000 direct jobs over the life of the project.”

“This project will address the needs of our residents, the agricultural community, local business, commerce, and industry, by aiding in the movement of people and goods throughout the Lower Mainland, while also improving the safety and quality of life of our citizens," said Jackson. “This project is a testament to what can be accomplished when multiple levels of government work together for the benefit of all. May I personally congratulate and thank Premier Christy Clark for her foresight and vision, as we look forward to continuing to work with the Province on the completion of such a vital piece of infrastructure that will benefit the Lower Mainland now, and for many years to come.”

Two contracts have been awarded for site preparation work to improve drainage and ground conditions in advance of major project construction. Hall Constructors of Surrey has been awarded an $11.5-million contract for site preparation work south of the tunnel.

“We’re excited to be a small part of history as our crew begins the work on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project,” said Chad Tenney, vice-president of Hall Constructors. “The good jobs created by this project will benefit our employees and their families, and the many others who will work on the project over the next five years.”

A contract valued at $5.8 million has been awarded to B&B Heavy Civil Construction of Surrey for site preparation along Highway 99 between Bridgeport Road and Steveston Highway. The total cost of the George Massey Tunnel Improvement Project is estimated at $3.5 billion.

This site preparation work includes ditch improvements and the placement of pre-load material on soft soils immediately adjacent to the existing highway. Pre-load work is standard practice on most major highway construction projects. Soil is piled to compress the existing ground in advance of the main work, which will minimize settlement following construction.

The process to award the major construction works contract is still underway, and the Province expects to have its preferred proponent chosen by summer 2017. All major approvals are in place for the project to proceed, including the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate, awarded on Feb. 9, and approval from the Agricultural Land Commission received on Feb. 24.

“We appreciate the ministry’s responsiveness to input and concerns around agricultural issues relating to the project,” said Richmond Farmers’ Institute president Todd May. “The inclusion of the Richmond Farmers’ Institute during the consultation process has further solidified the relationship between government and farming families in enhancing agricultural viability now and into the future.”

The new bridge and associated highway improvements, including dedicated transit lanes, will cut some commute times in half and also improve travel-time reliability for the 10,000 transit passengers and more than 80,000 vehicles that use the tunnel each day. The project includes over $500 million in transit infrastructure.

The new bridge will include a multi-use pathway with connections to Steveston Highway and to River Road, making walking and cycling viable transportation options at this location for the first time ever.

The existing 60-year-old tunnel does not meet current seismic standards, nor can it be brought up to current standards without risk of damage, which could render the crossing unusable. The new bridge will be built to modern seismic standards, providing a lifeline crossing over the Fraser River in the event of a major earthquake.

Other safety benefits of the project include additional lanes that make merging safer for all vehicles while reducing collisions by an estimated 35%, and wider lanes and shoulders that will improve safety and emergency response times.

After site preparation, major construction will begin later this year with the new bridge opening in 2022. Tunnel decommissioning will follow.

We’re excited to be a small part of history as our crew begins the work on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project
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First trucks roll into Nordel Way truck parking facility

Date Posted: 2016-11-22 | Source: Government Communications and Public Engagement Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Construction began in August, with work contracted to BD Hall Construction

Commercial truckers travelling through the Lower Mainland now have a convenient place to stop and rest, as the $2.8-million Nordel Way truck parking facility was officially opened on Monday 21st November, 2016. The new truck-parking facility is located on Nordel Way at Highway 91 in Delta, across from the Nordel commercial vehicle inspection facility.

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"With so much of our economy relying on the movement of goods via truck, this facility is an important addition to our transportation infrastructure," said Stone. "This is a safe, convenient place where drivers can take a break or grab a rest, and provides a good option for those who would otherwise park on a local street."

The new truck-parking facility is located on Nordel Way at Highway 91 in Delta, across from the Nordel commercial vehicle inspection facility. The facility has room for up to 40 heavy trucks to park overnight and includes lighting, washrooms, garbage cans and a sani-dump. Construction began in August, with work contracted to BD Hall Construction.

"Delta's location is key in the transport of goods throughout the Lower Mainland and we are building some of the most efficient roadways to accommodate this," said Hamilton. "These projects are specifically designed to help keep our local traffic moving along without being impacted by the increase in truck traffic. I'm excited to see this latest project completed as it is another crucial piece to the overall transportation plan for the region."

This facility at Nordel Way and Highway 91 is the first of at least two new truck-parking facilities, as committed in B.C. on the Move, the Province's 10-year transportation plan. Evaluations continue for a second facility in the Lower Mainland.

This is a safe, convenient place where drivers can take a break or grab a rest, and provides a good option for those who would otherwise park on a local street.
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Hall Constructors Recognized As A Gold Seal Employer

Date Posted: 2016-09-22

As a Gold Seal employer, Hall Constructors cares about professionalism and we believe in ongoing education in construction. We choose to hire construction professionals who have earned a nationally-respected certification, which helps us to maintain a competitive advantage by consistently setting the Gold Standard with Gold Seal Certified professionals.

The mission of the Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Program is to establish, administer and continuously improve professional certification standards for construction management excellence and through promotion of education and training, certify managers of construction against these national standards.

For the owner and buyer of construction services, Gold Seal Certification is an assurance that the construction project management personnel employed on its projects have met the industry's rigorous nation standards. In a competitive industry like construction, where the ease of entry permits wide fluctuations in construction capability and quality, the Gold Seal Certificate is regarded by building professionals as an important tool in distinguishing skills and competencies.

For the contractor, employing Gold Seal Certified managers is a statement regarding the professionalism and commitment of the firm to education, skill and competence. Gold Seal Certification by CCA offers a real degree of assurance. The Certificate signifies that the individual has attained a nationally recognized level of experience and competence as a Superintendent, Estimator or Project Manager. In other words, the Gold Seal certified individual has attained the industry established national high standard of qualification.

For the individual, the Gold Seal Certificate is a declaration of his/her commitment to education, skill and competence that is recognized by construction employers across the country.

The mission of the Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Program is to establish, administer and continuously improve professional certification standards for construction management excellence and through promotion of education and training, certify managers of construction against these national standards.
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Construction begins on Nordel Way truck parking facility

Date Posted: 2016-08-05 | Source: Government of British Columbia | By Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Photo Caption: British Columbia Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender (3rd from the left), Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk (4th from the left), Nick Dhaliwal (6th from the lft) Raj Bangha (7th from the left), Luke Uri (9th from the left) and Darcy Lehtinen (2nd from the right)


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Construction officially began today on a new truck parking facility in Delta to benefit commercial truckers traveling to or working in the Lower Mainland. The site will open to commercial truckers this fall.

“Parking facilities for commercial trucks are a much-needed addition to our transportation infrastructure,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “This new parking facility will help support those working in our trucking industry by providing a safe place to park overnight, with amenities like washrooms and convenient access to major highways.”

The new truck parking facility is being built on provincial land on Nordel Way at Highway 91 in Delta, across from the Nordel commercial vehicle inspection facility. The facility will have room for up to 40 heavy trucks to park overnight and will include lighting, washrooms, garbage cans and a sani-dump.

Site preparation on the $2.8-million project began last year. A $1.87-million contract has been awarded to BD Hall Construction to complete the facility.

“Purpose-built commercial truck parking facilities like this one on Nordel Way are important for the industry, and they’re important for our communities, as well,” said Surrey-Fleetwood MLA and Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender. “These facilities provide parking options for commercial drivers, which will result in fewer large trucks parked on local streets.”

The facility at Nordel Way and Highway 91 is the first of at least two new truck parking facilities, a commitment in B.C. on the Move, the Province’s 10-year transportation plan. Evaluations for a second facility in the Lower Mainland are underway.

 

This new parking facility will help support those working in our trucking industry by providing a safe place to park overnight, with amenities like washrooms and convenient access to major highways.

Please checkout this website for further information.

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Government of British Columbia

 Darcy Lehtinen shaking hands with Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter  Fassbender
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