Highway 97 Realignment

A three-year construction program with over 1,000,000 m3 of rock cuts and 700,000 m3 of earth moving, while maintaining traffic flow and managing critical scheduling and safety measures throughout drilling, blasting, rock hauling and earthworks.
Value $60M


In keeping with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s responsibility to see British Columbia’s transportation infrastructure and services keep pace with our growing population and economy, the Ministry secured funding for corridor improvements to support trade and tourism by reducing congestion. The plan included four projects in the Okanagan Corridor over three-years for a total of $177 million . One of the four projects was four-laing Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland, BC.

Scope of work

Arthon was awarded the contract to realign and build four lanes of roadway between Summerland and Peachland along Highway 97. The work included earthworks, culverts, on-site aggregate production and the management and coordination of subcontractors for drill and blast operations and asphalt paving.

From 2008 to 2010, our construction team realigned and built 7 km. of four-lane roadway through difficult terrain along the existing Highway 97 above Lake Okanagan. The work included over 1,000,000 m3 of rock cuts and 700,000 m3 of earth moving from Bentley Road to Okanagan Lake Park.

Our construction team successfully met the challenges of this project, maintaining traffic flow with minimal road closures, drilling and blasting in close proximity to existing traffic-ways with critical scheduling and safety measures, and carefully addressing unpredictable wildlife issues.

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