According to the Ministry of Transportation’s latest forecast, BC is expected to spend over $1.5 billion on transportation infrastructure in 2018/19. From now until 2021, BC is expected to spend over $5.2 billion it total on building new roads, upgrading bridges and maintain existing infrastructure. Road building equipment in BC is in high demand, and selecting the right equipment ensures these projects stay on-time and on-budget.
BC is filled with mountains, forests and other challenges for road builders. The natural beauty we enjoy also makes it difficult to connect communities, this especially true the farther you travel from the Lower Mainland. Whether you are forestry worker, occasional camper or a city dweller, you need a road to get where you are going. The road building industry in BC is vitally important to the economy, and the sustainability of communities all over this province.
Here is some road building equipment in BC that is vital to any highway, suburb or backwoods project:
Commonly referred to as a road grader or maintainer, motor graders are used to create flat surfaces for asphalt to be placed on. Common models consist of three axles, with a blade placed between the two axles in the back and one in the front. The only blade allows the operator to move earth in consistent strokes to provide a relatively flat surface for the asphalt crew to use.
The workhorse of any construction project, an excavator is an absolute necessity for any road building crew. It is important to choose the right size of excavator to suit your project. You need enough power to move large rocks and tackle clay-filled earth, but also maneuverable enough to work in tight areas.
Once the asphalt has been laid, a compaction roller is required to smooth out the surface and press the material into place. Rollers come with single or tandem compaction drums, depending on the needs of your project.
Handlers Equipment is your local provider of road building equipment in BC. We recommend the Hyundai line of excavators and compaction rollers. Hyundai consistently leads the industry with top-of-the-line equipment that is durable and user-friendly.
As we enter construction season, be sure to visit Handlers Equipment and speak to one of our construction equipment specialists about the latest deals on road building equipment in BC!