Industry News

This section includes any recent municipal, provincial, or federal government announcements relevant to the heavy civil sector, including policy and legislative changes, government pilot projects, funding announcements, etc.

Driving Improvement Website
Government Initiative
ABCGA Locate Extended to 30 days

Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) has come out with a new Best Practices for Locate Expiry.

Starting May 1, 2018, the lifespan of a locate ticket is extended to 30 days for most buried utilities in Alberta. Previously, locate tickets were only valid for 14 days, but could be extended to 30 days as long as certain conditions were met. Now locate tickets are valid for the full 30 days from the date they are issued (unless otherwise stated on the locate ticket).

This link outlines an extended expiry from 14 days to 30 days.

Highway Maintenance Contractors Honoured for Innovation

Highway Maintenance Contractors Honoured for Innovation

A real-time system for tracking Alberta’s 600 snow plows which was developed in partnership with provincial highway maintenance contractors has received the 2018 Award of Excellence for Operational Innovation.

Winners of the 2018 Minister’s Awards for Transportation Innovation were announced on Monday night at the annual Tri-Party Transportation Conference in Red Deer.

The award for Operational Innovation honoured the 511 Alberta citizen reporter app and Alberta snow plows tracking website. The Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association accepted the award on behalf of the province’s highway maintenance contractors. Sharing the award were Alberta Transportation, ISM Canada, and Telenium Inc.

In announcing the award, Alberta Transportation noted the citizen reporting app and snowplow tracker were “firsts” for Alberta.

“In 2016, 511 Alberta launched two new platforms that have taken their road reporting service to the next level. The Citizen Reporter app enlists trained Albertans to report on road conditions. So far, nearly 1,500 active users have submitted more than 6,500 highway condition reports. The results? Improved data quality and coverage, and reduced costs. The Alberta Snowplows website is a joint effort between 511 Alberta and the province’s highway maintenance contractors. The website improves safety for travellers and snowplow operators by displaying the real-time locations of 600 snowplows.”

Congratulations as well to all the ARHCA members who are winners of the 2018 Minister’s Awards for Transportation Innovation:

Award of Excellence for Design Innovation: 12th Street South East Calgary Bridge Replacement – CH2M (now Jacobs), The City of Calgary, Parsons, Westpro, Rapid Span, Lafarge, RJ Watson Inc., GOAL Engineering.

Award of Excellence for Construction Innovation: Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue South, Diverging Diamond Interchange – The City of Calgary, ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd., Graham Infrastructure LP.

Award of Excellence for Environmental Innovation: First Long-Range Battery Powered Electric Buses – City of St. Albert, BYD Canada.

Award of Excellence for Safety Innovation: Wind Advisory System on Highway 22 – Alberta Transportation, DTN LLC, VER-MAC, EPCOR, Amec Foster Wheeler, IBI Group, Volker Stevin Highways Ltd., Campbell Scientific.

Award of Excellence for Transit/Accessible Transportation Innovation: Downtown Edmonton’s Barrier Free Pedestrian Link – Graham Infrastructure LP, City of Edmonton, DIALOG.

Click HERE to learn more about this year’s award winners.

The annual Minister’s Awards for Transportation Innovation recognize the innovative people and organizations in Alberta who plan, design, construct, operate or maintain a roadway, transit service or related initiative. Awards are presented to projects that have improved efficiency, benefited the environment, reduced costs and improved safety.

The awards are part of an ongoing partnership with the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties.

$535M in funding for 96 projects announced

News about the roadbuilding & heavy construction industry
Issued April 20, 2017

$535M in funding for 96 projects announced

The federal and provincial government announced $535 million in funding for 96 transportation projects at a news conference on April 20. 

CEO Jim Rivait acted as master of ceremonies for the announcement by Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason and Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Thanks to Carmacks Enterprises for providing a site for the event and doing a lot of work to get everything set up at Nisku.

Click HERE to read details of the funding announcement.

Click HERE for news coverage


City of Calgary Prequalification Process Review for Prime Contractor for Construction Projects

Thank you to all our stakeholders for your input during the process review. As a result, The City has determined a new goal in collaboration with the Calgary Construction Association: 90 per cent of submissions are to be completed within 120 calendar days.

Alberta Transportation Budget Breakdown

News about the roadbuilding & heavy construction industry
Issued March 22, 2017

Alberta Transportation Budget Breakdown

Alberta Transportation has provided details on budget spending plans to share with members of the ARHCA.

These include breakdowns for planned spending over the next three years for rehabilitation, bridges, maintenance, and water management as well as quantities for ACP and earthmoving.

AT has also updated information on its Provincial Construction Program webpage. Resources include highway and flood-related projects 2017-20 and interactive map.

Provincial Highway Rehabilitation (millions)

2017-18                $354 – Approx. 50 to 55 percent of construction program tendered.

2018-19                $394

2019-20                $456

The above numbers do NOT include a $28 million allocation per year, for 2017 to 2020, for slide repairs.

Bridges (millions)

2017-18                $68 – Appro. 40 to 50 percent of this construction program tendered.

2018-19                $86

2019-20                $103

Highway Maintenance (millions)

2017-18                $254

2018-19                $259

2019-20                $263

The 2016-17 budget amount for highway maintenance was $267 million, so there has been a reduction of approximately $13 million between 2016-17 and 2017-18. It is at the discretion of AT and highway maintenance contractors to find the best way to manage this reduction. The safety of Alberta’s highways will not be compromised by this change.

Pavement Preservation (millions)

2017-18                $11

2018-19                $11

2019-20                $12

NOTE: This funding is primarily for preventative maintenance activities such replacement of signs, delineators, etc.


ACP (kms / tonnes)

2017-18                1,459 km             4.07 million tonnes

2018-19                1,261 km             3.643 million tonnes

2019-20                1,420 km             3.609 million tonnes

Quantities are inclusive of all programs, but excluding ring roads.  This includes quantities with work types such as Overlay, Grade Widening, 2nd Stage Paving, Twinning – 2nd Stage, Reconstruction and 6 Laning.

Earthmoving (cubic metres)

2017-18                9.8 million cubic metres

2018-19                2.5 million cubic metres

2019-20                1.7 million cubic metres

Quantities above exclude ring roads. 

Water Management (millions) – Dams, Canals, and the Carseland-Bow River Project

2017-18                $39

2018-19                $20

2019-20                $20

Major Capital Project Details

Highway 15 bridge – Design work will begin in 2017.

212 Avenue and Deerfoot Trail Interchange – Project design completed. Tender date yet to be confirmed.

Athabasca River Bridge on Highway 813 – Project will be tendered after 2019.

Additional Budget Items

  • The Alberta government will invest $33 million over three years, 2017 to 2020, to retrofit all highway lighting to LED. This funding is under the Climate Leadership Plan and details will be forthcoming.
  • Additional projects will be announced by the Alberta government in the coming weeks and months.