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VSA B.C.'s top contractor

Innovation and communication earned Merritt based VSA Highway Maintenance recognition as B.C.'s top highway maintenance contractor in 2015.

VSA provides road maintenance in the Nicola service area including the Coquihalla Highway. VSA Highway Maintenance won the award based on their continued focus on building relationships within the local communities including excellent communication with the public and key stakeholders.

As well, VSA's innovation in their beet juice production plant and liquid application program is leading the way for road maintenance in British Columbia. VSA used these new blends, increased the quantities applied, and purchased additional new equipment in their proactive approach to anti-icing last winter to deal with the challenges of repeated freeze/thaw cycles, freezing rain and black ice issues.

"Safety on our roads and highways is a top priority for this government, and the award highlights the innovative, proactive, and service-oriented approach of VSA in the Nicola Service Area," said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.

VSA also leads a unique multi-agency response to winter events on the Snowshed Hill section of the Coquihalla, where communication and leadership is critical to storm management. As a result, this location saw minimal highway closures, expedited highway openings, and efficient queue management in comparison to previous years.

"VSA Highway Maintenance crews work hard every day of the year to ensure our roads, highways and bridges are as safe as possible for all travellers," said Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart.

The Deputy Minister's Contractor of the Year Awards recognize construction and maintenance companies demonstrating excellence in the categories of grading, paving, bridges and structures, safety innovation, and highway maintenance work throughout the province.

The other finalists in this category were Emcon Services Inc. for the Kootenay-Boundary Service Area and Mainroad Howe Sound Contracting for the Howe Sound Service Area.

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