Arthon Industries Limited
General Contracting & Aggregate Production
Highway Contruction : Cranbrook Hwy 3/93 Steamboat/CPR Hill
In 2004, the BC Ministry of Highways initiated a tender for improvements to a 3 kilometre length of Highway 3/93
about 20 km outside of Cranbrook, B.C. This particular stretch of highway travelled adjacent to the river
dipping downward leading to a significant curve in the roadway, thereafter rising. Numerous accidents and fatalities had occurred
on this stretch of road due to requirements for speed reduction and black ice. The location is known as Steamboat Hill
after the paddlewheelers which have plied the river adjacent and docked near the base of the curve.
New Roadway high above
Arthon Industries Limited was awarded the $2Million contract and commenced improvements to Highway 3/93 in March, 2004.
Rock blasting was a significant portion of the contract, as was an extensive fill to raise the road some 40 vertical metres up the
face of the hill. Upon completion in August 2004, this length of highway will no longer dip and no longer have
the significant curve where many motorists lost their lives.
truck on old route.
(Mouse over the panorama photo high above to see generally where rock removal and rock fill areas occurred)
40 Tonne Terex rock trucks
Arthon's Terex rock trucks provide the needed horsepower and ability to travel difficult terrains while hauling
40 tonne loads to dump sites, such as the large fill requirements at the east end of the project.
Surplus roadway barriers were used as fill slope containers to permit continous traffic during construction.
haul excavated material.
Arthon finished the project on budget and one month in advance of required completion times.
Please click photos in the left column for enlargements or see the or complete photo directory.
See also the Provincial Government opening ceremony Press Release
on August 26, 2004 and the photo shown at Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon's Photo gallery.
Roadway Barriers used as innovative
slope base for rock fill areas.