Nine months of waiting to cross the Rosedale overhead might have been painful for commuters but the contractor in charge of the project has earned an award of excellence from the province for its work on the bridge.
Tybo Contracing Ltd. was in charge of a widening and seismic upgrading project that shut down one lane of traffic on the overhead and required drivers to wait for rotating traffic lights.
The B.C. government’s Contractor of the Year awards go to the province’s “most innovative and important transportation and infrastructure projects,” said a press release from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
“The award of excellence for bridge and structures in 2018 went to Tybo Contracting Ltd. for its work on the Rosedale Overhead No. 1414 deck widening and seismic-safety retrofit.”
The contractor won for its “extensive traffic control” and close work with Cheam First Nation to “identify local traffic concerns and work toward implementing solutions.”
Project manager Adam Dorosh said the company faced quite a few challenges during the project like the busy train line, timing the traffic lights and attempting to keep the public happy with only one lane open.
“We’re in this to build these bridges and we take a lot of pride in what we do,” he said. “To get recognition and know we’re doing a good job…and let other people know we get the job done well enough that we’re winning awards is a pretty big deal.”
The Rosedale overhead was part of a two-phase provincial project for seismic upgrades and widening enhancements to both bridges connecting Rosedale and Agassiz.