Klemtu is a First Nations community of approximately 400 residents located on the north coast of BC, 160 kilometres south of Kitimat. A new, larger ferry berth was required to accommodate the 638-passenger BC Ferries Northern Expedition, which would ensure consistent transportation for local residents and boost tourism in the area.
Terrace Paving/Kentron Construction was contracted to pave the ferry terminal parking lot, waiting area, and 1.8 km of road, which required 3,500 tonnes of warm-mix asphalt.
The remote location of the village, which is only accessible by air or water, posed substantial challenges. The materials, equipment, and crew all had to be transported to the job site by boat or float plane. The asphalt was carried by barge from Kitimat, requiring 36 hours to transport. The long delivery time for the asphalt created the challenge of maintaining the asphalt at a workable temperature. To allow the crew more time, a new type of warm-mix asphalt was used for its longer workability at lower temperatures compared to conventional asphalt.