General contractor Lafarge completes completes $8M bridge in less than 8 months, on schedule and budget
March 31, 2020: VANCOUVER, BC
Highway 1 connects Metro Vancouver to the North Shore, the Horsehoe Bay ferry terminal, and Highway 99. It is a vital local, regional, and provincial corridor for people, services and goods. As part of the province’s ongoing effort to improve travel times and address safety concerns through this crucial portion of Highway 1, Lafarge was selected as the general contractor to deliver the Lower Lynn Improvement Project. Link this to our other feature on Lafarge.ca here: https://www.lafarge.ca/en/lowerlynn
With Lafarge competing the initial Mountain Highway phase, focus shifted to the major milestone to successfully detour traffic onto the newly completed North Lynn Creek Bridge.
The new North Lynn Creek Bridge consists of 1,500m3 of ready mix spanning nearly 100m over a major fish bearing creek. The design includes four vehicle travel lanes and a bike lane. With the completion of the new North Lynn Creek Bridge, traffic was detoured onto the new structure in order for the provinces engineers to fully access the existing 50-year old Lynn Creek Bridge, affectionately known in the Ministry as B.O.B (Big Orange Bridge). Upon engineering review, Lafarge will conduct a complete retrofit of the existing bridge - giving it furthering its life expectancy for another 25 years.
In order to facilitate the improvements, a large portion of Keith Creek, an important fish bearing stream in the area, was required to be rerouted. Working with provincial authorities and Lafarge’s internal environmental department, crews prepared the new creek and installed various types of highly specified Lafarge aggregates under strict controls.
In addition to the retrofit of B.O.B, works are well underway on major road work improvements. Lafarge is also managing two other bridges under construction, Keith Road Overpass and South Lynn Creek. Both bridges are expected to be completed in 2020, with overall completion of the project in late 2021.