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Apr 3, 2014 - 4 years ago

By Supply Post

Construction is expected to resume soon on the $12-million Caraquet Bypass Project in Northern New Brunswick.

by Jennifer Gouchie

St. Isidore Asphalt Ltd. was among the successful bidders on the project, having been awarded two contracts totalling about $6.8 million. The contracts are pretty typical in terms of size and scope for the company, which has been in business since 1969 and currently employs about 100 skilled tradesmen, professional engineers, certified technologists, estimators and office staff.

“It’s about average size for us. We’ve been doing these types of projects since 1995,” says Grading Division Supervisor Ermel Hachey.

The company has a proven track record for its capacity to meet private, commercial, institutional, municipal and provincial government requirements, and is fully equipped to handle just about any size project with its array of heavy equipment, which includes asphalt spreaders, backhoes, dozers, excavators, loaders, milling machines, rollers, articulated trucks, concrete trucks and dump trucks. Estimated at $3 million, the first project started in September, 2013 and involves the construction of a new overpass and approach for the realignment of Lavigne Street in Caraquet. The new bypass alignment will be a twolane route south of the existing Route 11 with an interchange at Legère Road and a grade separation at Laving Road. It’s approximately 13 km in length, stretching from du Portage Road to Bertrand.

“We’re basically doing the whole job from A-Z, with the exception of the aggregate and asphalt,” Hachey points out. “Over 200,000 tons of borrow will be trucked in from a site near the project by local private companies to build access roads for residents only in the construction area.”

The second project is estimated at $3.8-million and involves clearing, drainage and construction up to subgrade elevation of the new Route 11. Clearing of the 4-5 km area got underway mid-March and is expected to take up to four weeks to complete. It includes all access roads, ramps and approaches.

Water will be temporarily diverted from an existing brook until such time as drainage pipes, ranging in size from 1500-3000 millimetres in width and 30-40 metres in length, are installed. An additional 250,000 tons of borrow will be hauled in for that portion of the project.

Construction wrapped up right on schedule last fall and, weather permitting, will start back up again the first or second week of May on both projects with a tentative completion date slated for the end of summer 2014.

Approximately 10-15 local tradesmen will be working on the first project and 25-30 on the second. Projects like this are important to the local economy and lead to both job creation and retention.

“This will help companies to keep our expertise here in New Brunswick,” stresses Hachey.

St. Isidore Asphalt Ltd. will have a battery of heavy equipment at each job site including excavators, dozers, loaders of all different sizes, articulated trucks, ridged frame trucks, compactors and cranes. However, trucking is being turned over to local private companies and off roads trucks will be rented when necessary.

Ownership of facilities ensures both quality control and consistency at St. Isidore Asphalt Ltd., which has earned a reputation for its top-notch work and workers over the past 45 years.

“We have very good supervisors on-site and employees with lots of experience,” assures Hachey. Richard Losier is founder and President of the company which consists of four different divisions — asphalt, crushing, grading and a portable asphalt plant that can be moved in just four to five days. Its main office is located in St. Isidore, but there’s also an office in Bathurst.

The company has worked on a number of similar projects in the past, including three sections of Route 8 (Marysville Bypass); two sections of Route 7 (Welsford), five sections of Route 1 Highway near St. Stephen’s and a 30 km stretch of four-lane highway between Moncton and Fredericton.

The Caraquet Bypass Project is part of the New Brunswick Government’s $466 million Capital Budget for 2013-2014 that focused on maintaining existing assets and completing projects already underway. It is hoped the new bypass will improve traffic flow and increase safety along that stretch of the highway.

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