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Six consortia have submitted qualification documents for the P3 contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new St. Lawrence bridge.
The new bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project (NBSLC) is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America.
The project also 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 of the Clement Bridge.
The six teams that submitted qualification documents are the following:
Signature on the St. Lawrence Group Groupe Signature sur le Saint-Laurent:
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 contract is for a period of 35 years after the financial close. It 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.
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.