The Province of Saskatchewan has launched a request for qualifications from public-private partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Regina Bypass project over a 30-year period.
The highway will be the largest construction project in Saskatchewan's history.
The Province has already executed works on general location studies, functional design studies, and environmental reviews for the route.
The federal government and the province of Saskatchewan pledged up to $200 million last week towards building the new bypass around Regina in Saskatchewan. The Province of Saskatchewan will fund the remainder of the project costs, at a level which will be determined through a competitive P3 procurement process.
The project has an estimated cost of CAD$1.2 billion.
The Regina Bypass Project is located in the immediate vicinity of Regina, the capital of the Province of Saskatchewan. Regina has a population of approximately 200,000 and has experienced significant population growth in recent years, a trend which is expected to continue in the immediate term.
The Project consists of a free flow highway corridor through the Regina Region and includes approximately 58 km of 4-lane highway (including 40 km of new 4-lane highway) and service roads along with a number of interchanges and intersections.
It will begin on Highway 11 northwest of Regina and run south to Highway 1, then wrap about 5 kilometres south of the city to rejoin Highway 1 on the east. The project includes overpasses at the Pilot Butte Access Road, Highway 48 at White City and Highway 46 at Balgonie.
Regina has an existing ring road, but the city has built up around it and access from the east is congested from time to time.
The province expects that the new bypass project could be completed in four years once the procurement process is completed.
The deadline for submissions of qualification documents is 24 June 2014.