Vinci and Gracorp win Regina bypass P3

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Vinci and Gracorp win Regina bypass P3

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SaskLink Global Transportation Partners (SGTP) has been selected to partner with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to develop the Regina Bypass P3 Project in Saskatchewan, a province in central Canada.

The team beat out competition from two other shortlisted consortia: Queen City Infrastructure Group and Wascana Development Partners.

SGTP includes the following partners as an integrated team: VINCIGraCorp Capital, Parsons, Graham, Carmacks, McElhanney, Urban Systems, Buckland and Taylor, exp, Clifton Associates, Delcan and National Bank of Canada.

Contract negotiations will now begin with the intent to finalize terms by late-summer 2015.  The contract's financial details will be disclosed once contract negotiations and signing are complete at financial close.

The province will enter into an Early Works Agreement with SGTP in advance of contract finalization.  Early works will include work related to service roads to the southeast and east of the city and the overpass at White City.  Activities such as design work, utility moves and clearing may be part of the Early Works Agreement.

The project will be developed on a design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) basis. 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.

The project 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.

Construction on the publicly owned bypass is expected to begin in summer 2015 and be complete by fall 2019, with priority components opening in advance of the full bypass completion. Once complete, the bypass will be the largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan's history.

The total project investment is estimated at US$1104 million. The Government of Canada, through PPP Canada, is investing up to C$200 million in the project.

Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner stated:

"The Regina Bypass Project is the largest transportation project in the province's history and is going to have a major impact on our economy and on traffic safety. After more than a decade of planning and significant consultations with municipalities, stakeholders and the general public work will start in just a few short weeks, with the immediate priority being the long-awaited overpass at White City."

SaskBuilds Minister Gordon Wyant commented:

"This is a significant milestone for Saskatchewan as we move forward with our second P3 infrastructure project that will not only improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan people, but one that is also delivering savings and on-time delivery for taxpayers."

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