After the Alberta floods of June 2013 washed out some major highways and bridges in Kananaskis Country, ISL Engineering and Land Services (ISL) was quick to respond. Working closely with Alberta Transportation to reopen the highways before the winter season, the ISL team brought innovative ideas and designs to the table in order to achieve these tight deadlines.
Alberta Transportation has compiled extensive image galleries for public viewing to show the extent and scale of the roadway damage caused by the floods. ISL has been involved in the following projects:
On December 20, 2013, Alberta Transportation posted a news release entitled "Post-flood bridge repairs improve K-Country access." This release detailed the successful completion of the bridge repairs on Highway 66, a much busier thoroughfare into the Kananaskis region. Following the flood, ISL designed a temporary, single-lane bridge alongside the washed out bridge, allowing summer and fall travellers to access the area while the substantial repairs to the main bridge were completed. In the release, ISL is highly touted for our innovations and project management skills:
""ISL Engineering and Land Services, responsible for design and inspection, worked with the Province to take innovative approaches on this project, including designing the bridge girders to accommodate highway traffic on a wooden deck. This allowed Graham Construction to work in stages – opening the bridge now and pouring the concrete deck next spring. The innovation means improved access to this important winter playground for outdoor enthusiasts."
These news releases have garnered some positive media stories regarding ISL’s involvement in these reconstruction efforts, most notably in the Calgary Herald newspaper and on CTV News Calgary. Read these stories below: