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Quebec has launched a Request for Qualifications from infrastructure developers interested in a PPP contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new St. Lawrence bridge.
ARUP Canada Inc. was awarded the contract for engineering and coordination services on October 18th, 2013. The company has accelerated the original timeline significantly, enabling the procurement process for the public-private partnership (PPP).
The business case confirmed that a public-private partnership is the most cost-effective method to deliver the project within an accelerated timeline.
Interested companies must submit their proposals on or before 30 April 2014. The contract is for a period of 35 years after the financial close which includes a construction period of approximately five years and a fixed operating period of 30 years. The operating period could be extended in the case of early completion of construction but will not be less than 30 years.
The project involves the design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new Île des Soeurs Bridge, reconstruction and widening of Autoroute 15 on Montreal island,• reconstruction of Autoroute 15 on Île des Soeurs Bridge, tolling infrastructure and intelligent transportation systems, and the operation and maintenance for the Clement Bridge and tolling infrastructure.
Construction for the new bridge for the St. Lawrence will start in 2015. This will allow the new bridge for the St. Lawrence to be in service by 2018. The rest of the corridor project will be completed by 2020. This bridge is one of the busiest in Canada, with $20 billion worth of international trade crossing it every year.
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