EMCON SERVICES INC.

QUALITY - SERVICE - COMMITMENT

Area 1 - Victoria 

(Southern Vancouver Island)

ROAD BRIDGE MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS

Emcon Services is happy to announce that starting Oct 1/2019 our equipment and crews we will servicing Area 1 Southern Vancouver Island.

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Service Area 1 – Southern Vancouver Island includes the southern third of Vancouver Island, Thetis Island, Penalakut Island, Salt Spring Island, and the Southern Gulf Islands. The service area contains Highways 1, 14, 17, and 18.  Due to the island based location, SA 1 only physically borders on one other service area. The boundary between SA 1 and Central Vancouver Island (SA 2) is located at the Mt Sicker Road intersection along Highway 1 in the North Cowichan area. SA 1 includes roads, or other infrastructure, which pass through the following municipalities: North Saanich, Sidney, Central Saanich, Saanich, Victoria, Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, Sooke, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, and North Cowichan. SA 1 includes roads, or other infrastructure, within the following regional districts or Trust areas: Capital Regional District, Cowichan Valley Regional District, and the Islands Trust. These rural areas include heavily populated communities such as Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay, and Salt Spring Island. SA 1 contains approximately 1660km of highway kilometres (note this is not lane KM) with a high number of rural side roads. There are estimated to be over 14,000 culverts to serve these road networks, and nearly 220 structures (including bridges, tunnels, pedestrian overhead structures, major sign structures, and culverts).

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Weather related challenges in SA 1 include heavy rains and wind storms, primarily in the fall and winter months. Snowfall, although rare, is heavy with moisture which creates traction issues for vehicles. The daily thawing of any snowfall also creates nightly ice related challenges. The geographic location of the service area also brings the elevated risks of earthquakes and tsunamis, requiring ministry staff and contractors to be heavily engaged with the local emergency services. SA 1 has two predominant seasons; dry and wet. It is not uncommon to go 60-90 days without precipitation during the summer months, and see 20-40 straight days of rain through the winter. Early fire restrictions require that machine mowing and brushing is completed in the spring, while the late onset of winter allows construction activities to continue into November or December. Winter temperatures average above freezing, but the service area includes a selection of higher elevations that are prone to local snow storms and icy conditions. The lack of winter snow means that a majority of local drivers do not use snow/winter tires and the gridlock that is created by snow storms makes highway plowing difficult. Many sections of the numbered highways in the service area can reach 20,000+ vehicles per day and include significant transit facilities. Additionally, the greater Victoria area has a significant per capita year-round cyclist population. Hourly (Summer) and bi-hourly BC Ferries arrivals add significant amounts of platooning traffic on highway 17 at all hours of the day.

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Victoria - Southern Vancouver Island

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105-1121 Mc Farlane Way

Merritt BC

V1K 1B9

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Stew Westwood - Division Manager Area 1

250-218-8006

SWestwood@emconservices.ca

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