MRC Total Build LP of Langley has won this year’s Deputy Minister’s Contractor of the Year Award of Excellence in the grading category, for the Stanley Park Causeway pedestrian and cycling safety improvement project in Vancouver.
“Cycling for commuting and recreation has become increasingly popular in our communities so it’s important that we ensure cyclists have roads and paths that are safe,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “The Stanley Park Causeway project was a high priority for the ministry, and thanks to the exceptional work by MRC Total Build, cyclists and pedestrians now have a much safer route to travel on.”
More than 2,200 cyclists and about 200 pedestrians use the Stanley Park Causeway route daily during the busy summer months. The grading project included widening the east sidewalk to 3.6 metres to accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians, with a separated cycling lane and a walking lane. The west sidewalk was widened to ensure added safety for southbound cyclists, and includes two cycling passing lanes to accommodate different cycling speeds.
A new safety fence was installed, separating cyclists and pedestrians from vehicle traffic on both sides of the Stanley Park Causeway, a 2.2-kilometre segment of Highway 99 that provides direct access to Stanley Park and Vancouver’s downtown core.
MRC Total Build completed this project on time and on budget in close partnership with ministry staff and a number of partners including the Stanley Park Ecological Society, local First Nations, Vancouver Parks Board, HUB Cycling Association and the City of Vancouver. The company also took additional steps to work with arborists to ensure the health of trees along the corridor.
“Congratulations to MRC Total Build for this award,” said MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove Rich Coleman. “This well-deserved recognition highlights their excellent work on the Stanley Park Causeway project and showcases a great Langley business.”
The Deputy Minister’s Contractor of the Year Award of Excellence recognizes construction and maintenance companies demonstrating excellence in the categories of grading, paving, bridges and structures, safety innovation, and highway maintenance work throughout the province.
The 14th annual awards were hosted by the B.C. Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association on Friday, Dec. 2 in Victoria.
The other finalists in the grading category were Tybo Contracting Ltd. for the Highway 1 Malakwa Bridge and four-laning, and Jakes Construction Ltd. for the Highway 97 Dragon Lake Road to Quartz Road four-laning.
Information including videos and photographs of the award winners and finalists can be viewed at: www.gov.bc.ca/celebratingexcellencetransportation