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Fall Capital Project Update

This is an update on the progress of Yukon government capital projects. An annual fall update is part of a new process to increase awareness of how projects in the capital plan are advancing through each phase, from initiation, to planning to the final phase, implementation. 

Yukon government’s capital planning is a multi-year process that identifies an overview of capital expenditure priorities.

Project timeline definitions
Project timelines are subject to legislative budget approval

Initiation –  the preliminary stages of the capital project process, typically demonstrated by the submission of a business case to the appropriate approval authority. The essential components of the capital project are identified and the project is submitted to be approved for planning.

Planning – the implementation/construction of a capital project is planned with accompanying timescale and budget. The plan is submitted for approval before implementation begins.

Implementation – the project plan is put into effect. This may involve issuing tenders for construction work, purchasing land and other activity to support construction. This phase ends when construction/implementation is finished.

More about the process

The previous process: Each year the government presents a 3-year capital plan. The estimates for implementation are generated before the planning phase is complete and before the entire scope of the project is determined. The estimates are therefore subject to a high degree of variability.

The new process: The government will continue to present a 3-year capital plan but there will be a clear distinction between planning and implementation. Going forward, project announcements will continue to be made in the annual spring budget. However, the budget line for the first phase of a project will only include money for planning.

The implementation money for all capital projects will be shown in the following years of the capital plan as an unallocated amount or a lump sum in the Highways and Public Works budget. This unallocated amount will be an aggregate based on initial cost estimates for each project.

Once the planning phase is complete, implementation costs will be included in subsequent departmental budgets.

This approach allows project planning to proceed before a specific amount for implementation is determined. Contractors will have early notice about what projects will proceed in the upcoming construction season through an annual capital update in the fall, identifying projects’ status and indicating next steps.

The new process also means that when implementation costs are announced, they will be more accurate because planning has been completed. 

Projects in the 2014 Fall Capital Update

(listed alphabetically)

Alaska Highway – BST Km 1442-1448
Project description: One of the projects identified through the pavement management system which rates the condition of Yukon’s highways and identifies areas where rehabilitation is required. Old asphalt will be replaced with BST in this section.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered by February 2015 for completion during the 2015/16 construction season.
 
Alaska and Campbell Highway LiDAR
Project description: Much of the imagery for the Alaska Highway is inadequate (low resolution and lacking elevation data) and out of date. This project will acquire up-to-date imagery and elevation data that will be used to update as built records, planning and design. This project will complete LiDAR acquisition for the Alaska and Campbell Highways.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered for 2015/16.
 
Brush and Weed – various locations
Project description:
Clearing of highway right-of-ways to provide adequate sight lines and increase visibility.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered for 2015/16.
 
Campbell Highway – Reconstruction Km 67 – 73
Project description: Full reconstruction of the Campbell Highway to a higher road standard that is appropriate for use by the public and industrial traffic. Part of the larger Campbell Highway Reconstruction from Km 10 – 190 as approved by Management Board.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered by February 2015 for completion during the 2015/16 construction season.
 
Campbell Highway Km 190 – 414 Functional Plan
Project description: Provision of engineering services to deliver a functional plan for the development and management of the Silver Trail and aid in prioritizing investments and improvements.
Current phase: Planning
Status: To be tendered in spring/summer 2015 for completion in December 2015.
 
Carcross Fire Hall Replacement
Project description: Project involves demolishing the existing fire hall and replacing it with a combined fire hall, ambulance and search and rescue facility.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Schematic design work nearly completed. Seeking approval to tender work for construction and completion in 2015.
 
Dempster Highway Geohazard and Slope Stability Assessments, Geophysical Investigations
Project description: These studies are utilized to develop a good understanding of the current conditions along the Dempster Highway. The results of these studies are utilized to prioritize work and refine the scope of projects to be competed on the Dempster.
Current phase: Planning
Status: This is a multi-year project and work is ongoing.
 
Faro RCMP Detachment
Project description: Replacement of the building, to include regular working spaces and a secure area with two cells.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Plan to issue a tender in 2015 and completion by mid-2016.
 
F.H. Collins Technical Wing
Project description: Upgrades to the existing technical wing.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Tender planned for June 2015.
 
Freegold Road Functional Plan
Project description:
Provision of engineering services to deliver a functional plan for the development and management of the Freegold Road and aid in prioritizing investments and improvements. Basis of design is to support industrial traffic in addition to local traffic.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Completion – February 2015
 
Integrated Asset Management Program Development
Project description: Development of an integrated asset management program which will define highway and airport infrastructure service levels and develop the tools, resources and procedures required to monitor the condition and performance of transportation infrastructure. This information will support economical investment decisions across all transportation asset classes (roads, bridges, aviation).
Current phase: Planning
Status: This is a multi-year project with work scheduled for this development over the next five years.
 
Klondike Highway Functional Plan
Project description:
Provision of engineering services to deliver a functional plan for the development and management of the Klondike Highway and aid in prioritizing investments and improvements. Plan will outline a functional implementation program to systematically upgrade the highway to modern standards by prioritizing safety, structure, access management, alignment and level of service throughout the corridor.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Completion – April 2015
 
Klondike Highway – Pavement Overlay Km 351.6 – 359
Project description: One of the projects identified through the pavement management system. The asphalt overlay will include base repairs.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered by February 2015 for completion during the 2015/16 construction season.
 
Main Administration Building Upgrades
Project description:
Extensive interior as well as exterior renovations to the building. Work includes a new back-up generator, major overhaul of mechanical systems and significant energy upgrades.
Current phase: Planning and implementation
Status: This is a multi-phase project. New generator is complete, seeking approval to tender second phase in February 2015, with third phase at schematic design. Tender anticipated in spring 2015.
 
Nahanni Range Road Functional Plan
Project description: Provision of engineering services to deliver a functional plan for the development and management of the Nahanni Range Rd. and aid in prioritizing investments and improvements. Basis of design is to support industrial traffic in addition to local and tourist traffic.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Completion – April 2015.
 
Nares River Bridge Replacement
Project description:
An options study to determine what approaches for replacement should be considered.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Design and Permitting for 2016/17. Construction to start in 2016.
 
New Continuing Care Facility
Project description:
New building with approximately 300 beds for continuing care.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Concept planning.
 
Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiatives – Permafrost Baseline Data Collection and Hydrological Response to Climate Warming
Project description: Both research projects are predominately funded by Transport Canada. The projects are focused on understanding the current state of the environment (ground, hydrogeological, permafrost, weather, etc.) that our highway infrastructure is founded on. The current state will be used in conjunction with projections of the future environment to develop an understanding of what the potential impact of climate change may be on our transportation infrastructure.
Current phase: Planning
Status: To be completed in 2015/16.
 
Partridge Creek Bridge Rehabilitation
Project description: The project includes re-decking, abutment repairs, painting and guiderail improvements. The bridge requirements for improvements were identified through the bridge management system which rates the condition of Yukon’s highway bridges and identifies priorities for replacement and rehabilitation.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered by February 2015 for completion during the 2015/16 construction season.
 
Sarah Steele Building Replacement
Project description: Replacement of the building.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: Design work underway. To be tendered by February2015 for completion in 2016.
 
Shakwak – Aggregate Production Edith Creek
Project description: Aggregate production for future Shakwak highway stabilization projects in permafrost areas.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered by February 2015 for completion during the 2015/16 construction season.
 
Shakwak – BST Km 1832 – 1868
Project description: BST construction where the permafrost rehabilitation project was completed in the 2014 construction season.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered by February 2015 for completion during the 2015/16 construction season.
 
Silver Trail Functional Plan
Project description: Provision of engineering services to deliver a functional plan for the development and management of the Silver Trail and aid in prioritizing investments and improvements.
Current phase: Planning
Status: To be tendered in spring/summer 2015 for completion in December 2015.
 
St. Elias Group Home
Project description: Replacement of the building.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be completed in 2015.
 
Swift River Complex
Project description: Replacement of the staff accommodations building.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Requesting approval to tender in 2015.
 
Underground Archives Vault
Project description: Addition of an underground archives vault as an addition to the existing archives facility located at Yukon College.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Schematic design work underway.
 
Watson Lake Airport – Apron and Taxiway Rehabilitation
Project description:
Phase one of a multi-year project. Work in 15/16 includes rubbilizing the existing apron and taxiways, and electrical upgrades.
Current phase: Implementation
Status: To be tendered by February 2015 for completion during the 2015/16 construction season. Pavement overlay work is scheduled for 17/18.
 
Whitehorse Airport Development Plan Update
Project description: Updating the 20-year ENWIA airport development plan and reviewing the Yukon’s air transportation system.
Current phase: Planning
Status: Project will be tendered in April 2015 for completion by December 2015.
 
Whitehorse Corridor – Public Consultation, Project Prioritization, Design
Project description:
Public consultation on recommended functional plan. Project prioritization (option refinement and ranking) following the public consultation, refinement of improvement prioritization factoring in safety, travel benefits, environmental impact and cost. Following implementation approval of the refined plan and prioritization detailed design will begin. Current phase: Planning
Status: Public consultation tentatively scheduled for March and April 2015. Project prioritization and refinement anticipated to be completed by end of May 2015. RFP for detailed design anticipated for mid-summer to fall 2015.