The Vedder Road Interchange in Chilliwack, BC was originally constructed in 1959. However, by 2003 traffic volumes had increased to the point where there were substantial delays daily. The City of Chilliwack partnered with the BC Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Infrastructure Program to build a replacement that would carry projected traffic flows beyond 2020.
The evaluation matrix required the lowest cost proposal and resulted in the EAC submission augmenting the existing structure. Through negotiation with the Owner, it was possible to provide an all-new, five-lane structure instead of refurbishing the original 2-lane structure. Additional enhancements included lengthening ramps and merge lanes and providing extra signage.
The enhancements were negotiated with a win-win attitude between EAC and the Owner and clearly demonstrated the value of a strong Partnering approach. The project was completed five months ahead of schedule even though there were several additions to the scope. The project won an award for 2004 Public Works Project of the Year.