Klemtu is a First Nations community of approximately 400 residents located on the north coast of BC, 160 kilometres south of Kitimat. The village is only accessible by air or water, and it is reliant on ferry service for goods and transportation. A new, larger ferry berth was required to accommodate the 638-passenger BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition, which would ensure consistent transportation for local residents and boost tourism in the area.
Kentron Construction was contracted in 2011 to pave the ferry terminal parking lot, waiting area and 1.8 km of road—requiring 3,500 tonnes of warm-mix asphalt.
The remote location of Klemtu was a significant challenge on this project. The materials, equipment and crew all had to be transported to the job site by boat or float plane, and transportation had to be closely monitored.
The asphalt was carried by barge from Kitimat, requiring 36 hours to transport. The long delivery time for the asphalt created the challenge of maintaining the asphalt at a workable temperature. To allow the crew more time, warm-mix asphalt was used for its longer workability at lower temperatures as compared to conventional asphalt.
Thanks to the dedication and planning of our crews and the warm-mix technology, the paving proceeded very smoothly and was completed to the General Contractor’s and the Ministry’s satisfaction.
To learn more about the Klemtu Ferry project, watch this video:
To learn more about the warm-mix asphalt technology and Kentron Construction’s work on the project, watch this video: