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BC recreation/wildlife underpass; eight-day plate assembly

October 16, 2013

As part of developing the last four-lane section of Highway 97 in the Okanagan Valley, AIL was contracted to design and supply a Bolt-A-Plate® recreational trail and wildlife underpass.  

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Challenges: first plate job for crew, winter conditions

Every project brings unique challenges and this one was no different. This was the first time this particular crew had assembled structural plate and, being a winter installation, extra care was needed to avoid the freezing of the engineered backfill. AIL representatives invested extra time on-site to ensure all went well. 

The investment paid off, as we developed a strong relationship with the contractor and have since completed several other jobs with them, including an identical structure on another highway project.

Learn more about the Highway 97 Project, including additional videos and animations, at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/projects/winfield-oyama/

Project-at-a-glance: 

Location: District of Lake Country, BC 
Owner: BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Consultant: Urban Systems, Kelowna
Contractor: Windley Contracting
Product: Bolt-A-Plate Structural Steel Plate
Application: Recreational Trail and Wildlife Underpass
Dimensions: Diameter 4.3 m (14.1'), Length 41.5 m (136')
Installation Time: Eight days to assemble the structure