Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor

In 2013, JJM Construction Ltd. (together with Coast Tsimshian Enterprises and Emil Anderson Construction (EAC) Inc.) began work on the Road, Rail and Utility Corridor (RRUC) Project in Prince Rupert, BC. The project, located on Ridley Island, is intended to significantly increase the capacity of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s bulk materials transhipment capacity.  

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Client

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Location

Ridley Island, Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Duration

February 2013 - December 2014

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Project highlights

The RRUC project entailed the construction of an 8 kilometre road, rail and utility loop around the middle portion of Ridley Island, immediately south of the Ridley Terminals coal port. JJM performed the land clearing and muskeg removal and levelling, built roughly 50% of the grade, and constructed the concrete rail underpass structure. The project involved approximately 47.6 Ha of land clearing, 850,000m³ of muskeg excavation, roughly 1.2 million cubic metres of rock blasting and relocation, and the construction of 2035m of watermain. The construction of a 69 kV overhead powerline extension was added to the project scope.

The site conditions on Ridley Island are typical of the Pacific Northwest coastal region. The areas are covered with dense scrub timber and brush, growing on saturated muskeg of variable thickness, overlying severely folded and irregular granite bedrock. Clearing the trees and brush, and excavating the muskeg can be very challenging and has defeated more than one contractor in the past, but JJM has developed an efficient methodology and demonstrated our capabilities and qualifications every day.

The project also achieved a further goal of maximizing employment opportunities for locals, with more than 80% of the 78-person workforce coming from the region; and of that large local contingent, almost 70% were First Nations community members – 55% of the total project workforce.

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