Chief operating officer Dave Byng

Chief operating officer Dave Byng

Hard work pays off for local construction company

A Crescent Valley company has been named one of BC's best road builders after being given a prestigious award by the province.

A Crescent Valley company has been named one of BC’s best road builders after being given a prestigious award by the Ministry of Transportation.

“I feel very honoured,” said Tony Maida, operations manager of Interoute Construction Ltd. “It was great.”

The company was awarded the Deputy Minister’s Contractor of the year Award for work done in the East Kootenay near the Fernie ski hill.

“The project was a $5.5 million project,” said Maida. “We did it in four weeks and we beat the weather.”

The multi million dollar project involved resurfacing of Highway 3 from 12 kilometres east of Elko to Fernie Ski Hill Road.

Because of the harsh weather conditions in the East Kootenay which involve wind, cold temperatures and massive snow falls, the staff at Interoute had to complete the project in a very tight timeline.

“Getting the award is because we have great employees who are very dedicated and work hard. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without our employees,” said Maida.

He emphasized that everyone who worked on every aspect of the project from estimating to the testing crew was vital in the success of the work and in winning the award.

Maida said that Interoute averages about three to four projects a year and at their peak they employ about 100 people.

In a press release from the Ministry of Transportation,  Minister Blair Lekstrom said, “This award is well deserved and highlights the outstanding work Interoute Construction has done to improve Highway 3. The work that was done will make travel along this important corridor safer for residents, tourists, the forest industry and commercial transport vehicles.