A new 10-year agreement between the Ministry of Transportation of British Columbia and ACCIONA Infrastructure Maintenance (AIM Roads) incorporates new performance standards focused on increasing roadway safety, as the company takes the reins for maintenance and repairs of 5,000 lane kilometers of highways in Okanagan-Shuswap area.
The agreement marks an expansion of ACCIONA’s O&M capabilities into BC. AIM Road’s parent company, ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada, has prior experience managing road operations and maintenance for the Autoroute 30 in Quebec, the Herb Gray Parkway in Ontario and the South East Stoney Trail in Alberta. Globally ACCIONA has more than 20 years of experience managing multiple road maintenance contracts.
“As a company that has completed major projects across Canada over the last 19 years, and that is based here in British Columbia, this is a natural extension of our business,” said Darren Sokoloski, President of ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada. “We look forward to working together with all our stakeholders and maintaining the high standards that the citizens and Ministry expect.”
Under the new contract, AIM Roads will perform snow removal and road maintenance in Service Area 13. Service Area 13 (Okanagan-Shuswap) runs from Monte Creek in the west to Craigellachie in the east and from the Fintry area in the south to north of Seymour Arm.
Greg Ehman, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the road maintenance sector in BC, will lead AIM Roads. AIM Roads also features a strong leadership team that brings extensive experience in the road maintenance sector throughout BC. The agreement requires AIM Roads to provide all necessary labour, materials, and equipment to fulfill the Ministry’s updated performance standards. The majority of resources will be sourced locally, drawing on the experience and skills of the existing BCGEU-certified workforce whom will be retained under the new contract.
“The area includes mountain passes, world class ski areas, key transportation routes, and serves a large population base in key economic area of the Province,” said Ehman. “As someone who has spent his life in BC’s interior, I know firsthand that keeping roadways open, clear and safe is critical to local residents and key to ensuring a strong BC economy. We look forward to combining our global best practices with BC expertise, local knowledge and increasing use of technology to provide safe roadways, excellent communication systems and high service levels”