Vinci Construction’s Canadian subsidiary Carmacks has been awarded a contract from Alberta’s transport ministry to widen the Highway 40 expressway in city of Grande Prairie, which is 450km north-west of Edmonton.
Totalling €62.5m, the work will begin this month and is set to last just over three years, Vinci said.
It covers widening a 9.2km section from a two-lane to a four-lane dual carriageway, building a three-span steel bridge over the Wapiti River as well as a pedestrian bridge to allow residents to walk to O’Brien Provincial Park.
Operations will be carried out day and at night to minimise traffic disruptions.
Carmacks’ environmental plan includes protecting nesting birds before starting earthworks, erosion control measures and turbidity monitoring of waterways during the construction phase.
Image: Alberta Highway 40, south of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, crossing the Wapiti River (Qyd/CC BY 2.5)