As someone who has picked apart nearly every transportation project in the province with a fine tooth comb, it should be no surprise to anyone to discover that Kiewit is the preferred contractor for another big project in BC, this time for the WAC Bennett Dam repairs I’ve been writing extensively about.
This from documents filed with the BC Utilities Commission in the ongoing hearings: http://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2016/DOC_46161_B-14_BCH-EvidentiaryUpdate.pdf
Kiewit of course, has been the subject of pages of posts here on the blog, long having been a preferred contractor of the BC government regardless of how many bids come in.
Most recently on the never-ending Sea to Sky highways stories, I broke the news of defects in retaining walls built along that highway,posting photos of the concerns. An investigation revealed two walls needed immediate repairs( which were ongoing last year). It was further revealed by Jane Seyd of the North Shore news, that Kiewit had used materials in those walls that did not meet ministry of transportation standards…. ( Calling BC Hydro-I’m sure that would never happen with dam repairs, right? )
Kiewit was a big donor years ago for the Liberals – in 2015, end of July, they made a $3500.00 donation… and another smaller one of $1200.00 right before Christmas.
The more I follow this story on the WAC Bennett Dam repairs- thanks to the review of the BC Utilities Commission- the more I see that the public would never have otherwise heard of.
And…. the more certain I am that this government has been negligent in refusing to allow the Commission to review Site C.
***Of interest to motorists endlessly peeved over the heaves on the South Fraser Perimeter Road, and the truckers who regularly roll over on the ramps that seem to be designed incorrectly,motorists in Oregon took matters into their own hands recently filing a suit against Kiewit for improper design leading to accidents in a similar situation: http://www.constructiondive.com/news/or-motorists-file-2m-suit-against-kiewit-state-over-crash-prone-highway/416910/
Neither the Ministry of Transportation or the Builder/operator of the highway, Fraser Transportation Group, has been able to come up with a remedy for the frequent rollovers on the SFPR… which seems to me to be a screwup of epic proportions,not unlike the massive heaves along the river portion of the highway. http://www.burnabynow.com/news/no-easy-fix-for-sfpr-s-rollover-prone-intersection-1.1937256